Back to School Guide

Fall 2020: Welcome Home to the Hill


We plan to welcome all of our students back to Maine this Fall



Return to School Plan

Dear Kents Hill School Community,               

As we approach the start of the 2020-21 academic year, I am reminded of our mantra during remote learning: be flexible, be creative, and be compassionate. As we have spent the summer planning for our return to school, we have had to practice each of these things. We have had to be flexible with shifting our plans as we learn more about COVID-19; we have had to be creative as we think about outside spaces, project based learning, and hybrid learning; and we have had to be compassionate with ourselves and each other as we meet with masks on to figure out each detail of life on our campus.

Our new plan, which you will find below, gives us all a lot more flexibility. The extra two weeks at the beginning of the year will do a number of things: make sure that all our facilities are fully COVID-19-ready, give students and families within driving distance the opportunity to move their belongings into their rooms prior to the start of school, and allow us to prepare all students with an extensive virtual orientation. We will use the week of August 31-September 4 to allow families within driving distance to come and move their child’s belongings into their dorm early. Diane Chick, our Dean of Students, will be working with families to identify time slots. This will allow our official “move-in” day to have much less congestion and fewer people in the dorms.  

Recognizing the different ways that families and teenagers have navigated their summers, we will then use September 7-11 to do a virtual orientation for all students. Students will learn expectations for navigating campus, get to meet with their advisors and advisory groups, connect with the other students in their dorms, and attend their first academic classes. This will allow us to fully train all students on what we will expect from them as we return to school in person, including proper health and hygiene expectations. Student leaders will arrive on campus on September 10, and other students will use September 10-11 to communicate with their teachers, advisors, and coaches to ensure that they feel ready to start the school year. In order to maximize the amount of time we have with our students on campus, we will extend our school year by one week, moving our 2021 graduation to Saturday, June 5.

We recognize that Kents Hill is made up of many individuals, each of whom has different hopes, needs, and worries as we enter into our 2020-21 academic year. Our Community Agreement, included in our Return to School Plan below, was created with the simple goal of protecting every member of the Kents Hill community. We know some of the things we are asking will not be easy, but we strongly believe that by each of us adhering to these practices we will have the greatest chance of staying together on campus, healthy and safe, throughout the academic year. This will mean all of us following the guidelines for social distancing and wearing a face covering/mask, as well as limiting social interactions outside of the Kents Hill community. This will also mean that any student, day or boarding, will be unable to participate in outside travel/club teams or training/practicing with any outside group or instructor through at least October 1, 2020. You will find additional information regarding these policies, as well as many others, below. 

We also recognize that this was not the plan that you had for the upcoming year and we are committed to helping each of you make necessary shifts. Please reach out to Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org with any questions regarding travel to campus, particularly if you have to change existing reservations. If you have any questions about participation in outside travel/club teams, please reach out to Nan Hambrose, Director of Athletics, at nhambrose@kentshill.org.

We appreciate your flexibility as we navigate this truly unprecedented time together. We remain committed to being together on campus and working collaboratively to meet the communal and individual needs of our community. As I have navigated my own summer with a rising 9th and 10th grader, I have vacillated between gratitude for the time that we all have together, and a constant feeling of worry. It can be hard for us all to learn to think beyond ourselves, show concern for those more vulnerable, and change our behavior to protect others. I have faith in our Kents Hill students and in their ability to look out for each other as we navigate this upcoming year. Thank you for continuing to partner with us, for trusting us to find the balance between safety and connection, and we are so excited to see you all in September!

With gratitude,

Meadow

Meadow Davis
Associate Head of School
COVID-19 Task Force Chair




Updated School Calendar

August
8/31-9/4: Move-in week (belongings only) for boarding students within driving distance 

September
9/7-11: Virtual orientation and academic classes
9/10:  Proctors and Peer Advisors arrive on campus
9/10-12: Proctors and Peer Advisors training
9/13: New boarding students and returning international students (including Canada) arrive
9/14: Returning domestic boarding students arrive (new student orientation - day and boarding)
9/15: On-campus orientation (first day for returning day students)
9/16: First day of on campus classes and afternoon athletics and activities
9/19-20: Special weekend programming
9/26: Saturday class
 
October
10/10: Saturday class
10/17-19: Fall Long Weekend (No classes on Monday, students remain on campus)
10/24: Saturday class
 
November
11/14: Saturday class
11/25: Last day of classes for Semester 1
11/26-29: Thanksgiving Break (*Students will have the option to either stay on campus over Thanksgiving Break and participate in their academic review, assessment, and reflection in-person OR can choose to go home for Thanksgiving Break (leaving after classes on Wednesday, November 25) and participate in their academic review, assessment, and reflection remotely. Students making this choice will not return to campus until after winter break in January)
11/30-12/3: Final assessment study period and skills review

December
12/4-10: Final assessment and reflection period 
12/10: Semester 1 ends 
12/11: Winter Break travel day

January
1/4: Academic Gap Year, 12th, and 11th-grade boarding students return to campus
1/5: 10th and 9th-grade boarding students return to campus 
1/6-8: Special programming 
1/11: Academic classes resume and Semester 2 begins
1/30: Saturday class

February
2/6-8: Winter Long Weekend (No classes on Monday, students remain on campus)
2/13: Saturday class
2/26: Spring Break travel day

March
3/22: All boarding students return to campus
3/23: Academic classes resume 
3/27: Saturday class

April
4/10: Saturday class
4/24-26: Spring Long Weekend 

May
5/8: Saturday class
5/14: Last day of classes
5/17: Advisor Day
5/18-21: Final assessment study period and skills review
5/24-28: Final assessment and reflection period
 
June
5/31-6/4: Community Engagement in Action
6/5: Graduation

Key Questions



Calendar and Arrival

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • What adjustments has Kents Hill made to the key dates calendar?

    August
    8/31-9/4: Move-in week (belongings only) for boarding students within driving distance 

    September
    9/7-11: Virtual orientation and academic classes
    9/10:  Proctors and Peer Advisors arrive on campus
    9/10-12: Proctors and Peer Advisors training
    9/13: New boarding students and returning international students (including Canada) arrive
    9/14: Returning domestic boarding students arrive (new student orientation - day and boarding)
    9/15: On-campus orientation (first day for returning day students)
    9/16: First day of on campus classes and afternoon athletics and activities
    9/19-20: Special weekend programming
    9/26: Saturday class
     
    October
    10/10: Saturday class
    10/17-19: Fall Long Weekend (No classes on Monday, students remain on campus)
    10/24: Saturday class
     
    November
    11/14: Saturday class
    11/25: Last day of classes for Semester 1
    11/26-29: Thanksgiving Break (*Students will have the option to either stay on campus over Thanksgiving Break and participate in their academic review, assessment, and reflection in-person OR can choose to go home for Thanksgiving Break (leaving after classes on Wednesday, November 25) and participate in their academic review, assessment, and reflection remotely. Students making this choice will not return to campus until after winter break in January)
    11/30-12/3: Final assessment study period and skills review

    December
    12/4-10: Final assessment and reflection period 
    12/10: Semester 1 ends 
    12/11: Winter Break travel day
     
    January
    1/4: Academic Gap Year, 12th, and 11th-grade boarding students return to campus
    1/5: 10th and 9th-grade boarding students return to campus 
    1/6-8: Special programming 
    1/11: Academic classes resume and Semester 2 begins
    1/30: Saturday class

    February
    2/6-8: Winter Long Weekend (No classes on Monday, students remain on campus)
    2/13: Saturday class
    2/26: Spring Break travel day

    March
    3/22: All boarding students return to campus
    3/23: Academic classes resume 
    3/27: Saturday class

    April
    4/10: Saturday class
    4/24-26: Spring Long Weekend 

    May
    5/8: Saturday class
    5/14: Last day of classes
    5/17: Advisor Day
    5/18-21: Final assessment study period and skills review
    5/24-28: Final assessment and reflection period
     
    June
    5/31-6/4: Community Engagement in Action
    6/5: Graduation
  • How did the school decide to have students and faculty return to campus?

    Since COVID-19 became a global concern, we have partnered with a number of leading experts in order to ensure that all of our decisions are made with the best possible information and resources. While life will certainly look and feel different when we open in the Fall, we feel confident that we can offer our students the academic and co-curricular experiences they expect while mitigating risk and focusing on health and safety. 

    In addition to receiving regular guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), we have actively partnered with: Maine Centers for Disease Control, Maine Department of Education, MaineGeneral Infectious Disease Specialists, Maine School Nurse Association, National Association of School Nurses, and state and local officials; industry organizations such as NAIS, TABS, and ISANNE; and peer independent boarding schools and local colleges.
  • What is the current plan in terms of vacation planning?

    In order to minimize the possibility of COVID-19 exposure that is associated with travel to and from campus, our traditional Fall Break will keep students on campus and provide opportunities for families to engage with advisors and faculty remotely.  

    Students will have the option to either stay on campus over Thanksgiving Break and participate in their academic review, assessment, and reflection in-person OR can choose to go home for Thanksgiving Break (leaving after classes on Wednesday, November 25) and participate in their academic review, assessment, and reflection remotely. 

    Winter Break will begin on December 11 and will be three weeks in length. We will bring students back in a staggered schedule beginning on January 4. Special, mandatory programming will take place on January 6-8 and Semester 2 will begin on January 11.

    Spring Break will begin on February 26 and will be three weeks in length. Students should return to campus on March 22 and classes will resume on March 23. Our return from both breaks will follow the current CDC guidelines at that time, and we will share more information when we get closer to those dates.
  • What requirements are there for students and families to return to campus?

    • Prior to the start of the school year, students, faculty, and staff will commit to a 14-day social isolation period with their family unit. This includes wearing a face covering when in public or outside of the family unit, maintaining social distancing, frequently washing hands, and avoiding crowded situations, large gatherings, and unnecessary travel. 
    • Prior to return to campus, students will provide documentation of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 to Kents Hill. The documentation should be submitted to a student’s Magnus Health profile. 
      • All students will be expected to test and quarantine per local, state, and CDC guidelines.
      • For students within driving distance (including Canada), the test may be done at home. 
      • For students traveling via airplane or public transportation, the test must be done after landing at their final destination.
        • International students will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test from their home country to Kents Hill prior to travel. This may include providing a copy of the negative test at an international airport prior to entry into the United States. 
        • International students traveling via airplane should arrive in the United States at least seven days prior to coming to Kents Hill to complete a 7-day quarantine period and receive a COVID-19 test, which the Health Center will coordinate. In order to adhere to CDC guidelines, students with a negative COVID-19 test will stay on campus for the next seven days.
      • For students traveling by themselves via airplane or public transportation, Kents Hill will assist in providing a supervised, off-campus quarantine location and facilitate testing. If you are interested in this option, please contact Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org
      • We recognize that securing a COVID-19 test prior to arrival to campus may be challenging due to a variety of reasons, including the requirement of a doctor's note or limited availability of testing locations. We are happy to provide a doctor's note from Kents Hill School for any Maine student or student under 18 planning to get a test in Maine. We also have the ability to offer a number of limited, first-come-first-serve, COVID-19 tests for students on campus prior to the start of school, with results available between 24-48 hours. Please keep in mind that due to limited availability, these tests are reserved for families experiencing significant challenges getting a test. To request a doctor's note or on campus COVID-19 test, please complete this form by August 21, 2020.
  • When do students arrive to campus?

    August
    8/31-9/4: Move-in week (belongings only) for boarding students within driving distance 

    September
    9/7-11: Virtual orientation and academic classes
    9/10:  Proctors and Peer Advisors arrive on campus
    9/10-12: Proctors and Peer Advisors training
    9/13: New boarding students and returning international students (including Canada) arrive
    9/14: Returning domestic boarding students arrive (new student orientation - day and boarding)
    9/15: On-campus orientation (first day for returning day students)
     
  • What happens if a student is unable to travel to campus?

    We recognize that there may be many reasons that might prevent a student from arriving to campus on their assigned arrival day and will work closely with families to coordinate a custom arrival plan. If a student is delayed from returning and will miss the start of academic classes, they will be able to participate in remote learning until they are able to safely return to Kents Hill.


Health and Wellness

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • What new protocols will Kents Hill have in place to mitigate the spread of the virus on campus?

    We know that the best ways to limit exposure to and spread of COVID-19 are to adhere to clear protocols for cleaning and sanitizing, practicing social distancing, and wearing face coverings/masks. A few highlights that we will adopt upon the opening of school include: 

    Sanitation and Cleaning - We have created robust sanitation and cleaning protocols for all campus spaces, including dorms and classrooms. Hand sanitizer will be located at the entrance of each campus building and face coverings/masks will be available to anyone who needs one. 

    Face Coverings/Masks - At this time, we expect that all students, faculty, staff, and visitors wear face coverings/masks on campus indoors and outdoors where social distancing cannot reasonably be maintained. We ask that families send their student(s) back to school with at least five reusable face coverings/masks for personal use. Disposable face coverings/masks will be available at the entrance of each campus building for anyone who needs one. 

    Testing - We are requiring every student to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to arriving to campus. Additional testing may be performed on campus throughout the school year based on recommendations from the CDC and the needs of our school. 

    Health Monitoring - The Health Center will partner with all students, faculty, and staff to provide guidance regarding daily monitoring and symptoms related to COVID-19. This will likely include daily screenings, including self temperature checks for all day and boarding students. Students with a temperature of 100 F/37.7 C will report to the Health Center for assessment, or in the case of day students, may be advised to stay home.

    Travel - Over the coming weeks, we will be developing our plans related to visitors to campus, as well as our students’ ability to leave campus, recognizing the importance of limiting potential COVID-19 exposure as much as reasonably possible. We recognize that day students and some faculty and staff will be traveling off campus and will provide additional details regarding our expectations for campus access and behavior soon. 

    Contact Tracing - Multiple members of our community will be trained to conduct effective contact tracing assisted by Boardingware, a new software that we will have in place for the 2020-21 school year. Our faculty contact tracers will work in collaboration with the Maine CDC.

    Of course, these protocols will be reviewed and updated to reflect the most recent guidance from the CDC and the needs of our school community. 
  • Will students be required to wear a face/covering mask?

    As we return to campus, the use of face coverings/masks will be required indoors and outdoors if social distancing can not be maintained, based on the most current guidelines from the CDC and state and local officials. We ask that students arrive on campus with at least five reusable face covers that are well-fitting, cover the mouth and nose, and are made of two-three ply cotton. Face shields that cover the entire face, including the mouth and neck, will also be permitted. 

    Kents Hill will provide a face shield to students who wish to have one and a supply of disposable face masks will be available in common areas around campus in case of need. Of course, face coverings/masks are only one mitigation strategy against COVID-19, and will be coupled with social distancing, cleaning and hygiene, and ongoing screening.
  • Will Kents Hill be able to administer COVID-19 tests on campus as needed?

    Our Health Center will have the ability to administer PCR mid-turbinate self-testing on campus as needed based on CDC guidelines and the needs of our school community. This test provides results in 24-48 hours and the cost will be submitted to student’s health insurance (which all students are required to have). Parents will be notified of testing and results. Positive COVID-19 tests are reported to the Maine CDC by the testing laboratory with all personally identifying information protected.
  • What happens if a student shows any signs or symptoms of illness?

    Students who display any signs or symptoms of illness at any time will be immediately isolated in the Health Center and tested for COVID-19. Community contact tracing will begin with a trained, on campus team and in collaboration with the Maine CDC. Boarding students will continue isolation until test results are available and day students will return and/or remain at home. If the student requires medical care beyond the capabilities of the Health Center, they will be transported to MaineGeneral in Augusta and/or another appropriate hospital.
  • What happens is a student tests positive for COVID-19 at any time?

    If a student does test positive for COVID-19 at any time, they will remain isolated from the community and placed under the care of a school nurse until a predetermined parent/guardian arrives to take the student home. In order to best ensure the safety of all our students, we are asking that all families of boarding students have a named emergency contact who is able to pick up the student within a 48-hour timeframe. We will be asking all families for the name of their emergency contact, and their plan to retrieve their child from campus if necessary, later this summer.

    Once a student tests positive for COVID-19, contract tracing will take place and the Health Center will partner with families and healthcare providers to determine when it is safe for a student to return to campus, in accordance with US Centers for Disease Control and local/regional guidelines. Communication with the Kents Hill community regarding any illness will be timely and transparent. However, the identity of the student will remain strictly confidential.
  • What are a few of the ways that Kents Hill plans to support the emotional wellbeing of the school community?

    The emotional wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff has always been a top priority at Kents Hill. As COVID-19 evolves and communities respond with protective measures, we must be mindful of the need to prioritize our health and wellness through establishing new routines and practices to support healthy living. Our Health Center is looking forward to sharing the many ways that we support our community as we move closer to Fall.


Teaching and Learning

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Will classrooms be modified to adhere to social distancing?

    Current social distancing guidelines require that we adopt a creative approach to the question of what constitutes an “academic space.” Our academic team is currently in the process of evaluating all academic spaces to determine each classroom’s maximum capacity and, where necessary, relocate classes so that students and teachers can maintain appropriate distance. We are reviewing a variety of traditional and non-traditional campus options, including the outdoors and several larger spaces that could be reimagined and reorganized.
  • What are some of the ways that Kents Hill will support faculty and staff to be best prepared to welcome students back to campus?

    We have so many things ready for all of you! We have been preparing each and every classroom for that magical combination of safety and learning - measuring desks to create the CDC recommended separation and creating technological solutions so students can be fully engaged whether they are learning from another country or here on the Hill. We have a two-week faculty orientation planned for August, ensuring that our faculty are prepared to implement project-based learning (PBL) units, adapt their curriculum to hybrid learning (both in-person and online/remote), and learn about all of our new students who are joining us this year! Our faculty orientation will include outside experts to help guide our learning around PBL, moving towards becoming an anti-racist school, and understanding and being ready to implement best practices around COVID-19 protocols and procedures. 
     
  • How will Kents Hill think creatively about outside spaces?

    Very creatively! Tents will be available across campus for students to eat in, take classes in, and hang out in. Adirondack chairs, placed six feet apart, will be set up all around campus for students and faculty to safely gather with each other and our many fields and open spaces will be used for outside games and gatherings (think badminton, corn hole, volleyball, capture the flag, and more). Each dorm will have a fire pit and we are planning to regularly host outside “walk-in” movies on the Bibby and Harold Alfond Dining Commons patio. We also look forward to using our miles of trails and beautiful waterfront in new ways, especially during the “warmer” months of September and October. We are continuously grateful for the beauty, and breadth, of our campus and believe that you and your children will be as well.
     
     
  • What happens if Kents Hill needs to move to remote learning?

    We will begin the 2020-21 school year with the same spirit of fluid adaptability with which we concluded our spring semester. This means preparing for several possible scenarios, including both partial and full transitions to remote learning based on the evolution of COVID-19 in our immediate environment and around the world. While our preference is, as always, to have our students and faculty on campus together, if necessary, we will revise our plans in consultation with the Board of Trustees and guidance from the Maine CDC. This planning will include decisions regarding tuition adjustments for both day and boarding students.
  • Will students be able to participate in classes if they are unable to come to campus?

    We are anticipating that some students may need or want to learn remotely for part of the year and are prepared to offer virtual programming that would allow for students to fully engage with the academic experience. Recognizing that hybrid learning (some students learning in person while others are learning remotely) is different than being fully remote, we are working to ensure that both our classrooms and our faculty are equipped to deliver an engaging and rigorous experience to all students, regardless of location.
  • What is the summer reading? Is there reading for the entire school or individual classes?

    Directions for summer reading are now available by clicking here (PDF version is available by clicking here). In addition to our annual all-school read, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba, we have listed required and recommended reading assignments for students at all grade and ability levels.
  • When will students receive their academic schedules? What is the process for changing classes?

    Our Academic Team is working hard to craft individual student schedules that highlight a student's interests and goals while enabling them to graduate on time. We use multiple sources of information to create a schedule, including past academic transcripts, grades and teacher recommendations, and admissions materials. Schedules will be available for review on or before July 31. To get a sense of the types of courses and programs that we offer, please view our Curriculum Guide and Virtual Learning Exhibition.

    We will hold an “add/drop” period at the start of the school year to allow students to meet with a member of the Academic Team to adjust their schedule so that it best meets their needs. Although logistical constraints prevent us from honoring every request, we will do our best to make sure that all students have schedules that satisfy their academic requirements and, whenever possible, reflect their interests and ambitions.
  • Should students bring their own school supplies? Textbooks?

    Students are encouraged to bring their own school supplies including planners, pencils, pens, highlighters, notebooks, binders, accessories, and more. Our on-campus Bookstore also provides a number of these items for purchase.

    Once academic schedules are available, our on-campus Bookstore will order textbooks for each student and have them ready for purchase and pick-up upon arrival. Families also have the option to purchase textbooks from vendors like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others. 


Residential and Student Life

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Will all boarding students have a single room?

    All boarding students will be assigned a single room in one of our five dorms based on grade level and gender. Dorm assignments will be available on or before July 31.
  • What is the process if boarding students want to leave campus for the weekend?

    In order to allow students the opportunity to create a family-like unit within their dorms, we need to make sure that all boarding students are limiting their risk to exposure. In general, boarding students should plan to stay on campus through either the Thanksgiving or Winter Break, depending on individual family plans. 
     
    However, we recognize that for some students and families it will be important to have the option to leave campus. In those situations, students will need to submit a negative COVID-19 test before they return to campus. We recommend that students plan to stay at home, or wherever they are traveling to, for at least one week and participate in remote learning to accommodate the time that it will take to get a test and receive results.  We are grateful that our hybrid learning model does provide us the flexibility to both minimize our risk on campus, and allow all of our students to create the schedule and plan that works best for their families and their mental, physical, and emotional health.
  • Will boarding students be assigned to "pods"?

    We know now that the combination of masks/face coverings, social distancing, and handwashing is the best way to keep our community as healthy and safe as possible. Therefore, when students arrive on campus in the fall, they will all be able to interact with one another as long as they are wearing masks, socially distancing, and regularly washing their hands. Some schools are using “pods” to keep the same group of students together all the time (live, learn, eat, practice, etc.). Kents Hill is not planning to use traditional pods, but will instead rely on social distancing, masks, and handwashing to keep our campus safe.
     
    However, we are interested in the idea of creating “Husky Packs,” focused on the idea of allowing our boarding students to create a family unit within their dorms. When we determine that it is safe to do so, Dorm Heads will introduce the opportunity for boarding students to select to join a "pack" with other students in their dorm (Maine Hall, Davis Hall, etc.). While in the dorm or individual dorm rooms, students in a "pack" will be able to interact with one another without masks or socially distancing, as if they were a family in a household. When students leave the "pack" and/or dorm location, they will be required to wear a mask and socially distance. 
     
    Students who do not choose to join a "pack" will simply continue to interact with other students while wearing a mask and socially distancing. These guidelines will be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure that we are meeting CDC guidelines while making sure that we are meeting the needs and desires of our students. 
     
    At this time, day students will not be in “packs” as they already have their family unit at home and will be required to wear masks and socially distance while on campus. We know our day student families have a lot of questions about what next year will look like, and we will be sending a letter later this week with specifics just for you. You are an important part of our community and we will continue to value your presence and contributions as we create safe ways for all your children to continue to feel connected to their friends and peers. 
  • Will students be able to interact outside of their "pods"?

    Yes! All boarding and day students will be able to interact with one another in classes and shared spaces provided that they follow established social distancing protocols and use face coverings/masks, which will be regularly reviewed, updated, and shared as we learn more about COVID-19. 
  • What should students pack for dorm life?

    We provide each boarding student with a bed, desk, chair, dresser, wardrobe, and wireless internet access. We are aware that bringing the items listed below may not be possible in some situations and will work with students to ensure that they have the supplies necessary to participate in school life.

    What To Pack

    Air-tight food storage containers
    Blankets
    Clock radio/alarm clock
    Clothes hangers
    Desk lamp
    Desk organizer 
    Disposable face masks and at least five 2-3 ply cotton washable face coverings
    Dry erase board and markers
    Extension cord
    Extra-long twin sheets
    Fan
    Flashlight and batteries
    Hairdryer
    Laundry basket/bag and detergent 
    Linens
    Personal supply of hand sanitizer and wipes
    Personal thermometer 
    Pillow
    Power outlet strip
    School supplies
    Shower shoes and caddy
    Small trunk or personal safe
    Towels 
    Under-the-bed storage containers
    Wall posters and photos (command strips or sticky tack to hang)

    Students will have the opportunity to take part in a number of community engagement projects throughout the year, which may include painting, gardening, yard work, etc. We encourage students to bring appropriate clothing to school for these activities that can get muddy/wet/torn. 

    What Not To Pack

    Air conditioning units
    Any appliance with a heating coil
    Candles
    Christmas lights
    Electric blanket
    Halogen lamps
    Heater
    Hot pot/plate/tea kettle
    Incense
    Iron
    Lighters
    Matches
    Microwave
    Non-school-issued furniture [the only exception is a desk chair]
    Refrigerator [Academic Gap Year and 12th-grade students may have a small refrigerator]
    String lights
    Tacks or nails for hanging items
    Tapestry wall or ceiling hangings
    TVs
    Computer monitors exceeding 27”
    Weightlifting equipment

    Because of the uncertainties of COVID-19 and living in a residential environment, we ask that students pack their belongings efficiently. If you have any questions regarding what to pack, please contact Erica Lowell Chute, Dean of Student and Residential Life, at echute@kentshill.org
  • What is the dress code?

    Coming soon! 
  • Can students ship belongings to Kents Hill prior to arrival?

    Yes. Please use the below address to ensure proper delivery.

    Kents Hill School
    [Student Name, Dorm Name]
    1614 Main Street
    P.O. Box 257
    Kents Hill, Maine 04349


Athletics and Activities

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • What athletics and activities does Kents Hill plan to offer in the Fall?

    At this time, we anticipate being able to offer the following teams/programs in Fall 2020, which may take various forms as shared policies and procedures are developed: Cross Country, Elite Fitness, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Mountain Biking, Lifetime Sports, Outing Club, Performing Arts Showcase, and Soccer.
  • Will students be able to access the Alfond Athletics Center and the ice rink in September? 

    Yes! Though we have not identified the exact date that the ice will be put in, it will be sometime in September. We know how important ice time is to our hockey players and we are also excited for all our students to have time to skate. Wouldn’t it be cool if all Kents Hill students, at some time during their time, spent time both on our ice and on our ski slope? In addition to our O'Connor Alpine Training Center, waterfront, extensive trail system, and turf fields, the Alfond Athletics Center and on-campus ice rink are spaces that allow us to offer our students the important benefits of fun and plenty of physical activity. Students will have access to the ice, as they normally do, throughout the fall and winter seasons.
  • Will students be able to participate in non-Kents Hill travel teams and leagues?

    Throughout our planning, maintaining and protecting the health and safety of our school community has been our most important priority, as has been developing a robust on campus program that will meet the needs of our students and athletes. As we start the school year, all students (boarding and day) will adhere to our Community Agreement, which outlines expectations for keeping our school and local community safe. This includes taking responsibility for our own health by following guidance for social distancing and wearing a face covering/mask as well as limiting social interactions outside of the Kents Hill community.

    As a result, all day and boarding students will be unable to participate in outside travel/club teams or training/practicing with any outside group or instructor through at least October 1, 2020. Examples of outside teams include, but are not limited to: soccer, field hockey, running, cycling, ice hockey, basketball, and softball. Examples of training/practicing with an instructor include, but are not limited to: dance classes, fitness classes, etc. If students or families wish to learn more about this policy or explore their individual situation, please contact Nan Hambrose, Director of Athletics, at nhambrose@kentshill.org.
  • When will decisions be made regarding Winter and Spring athletics and activities?

    Recognizing the unpredictability of COVID-19, we plan to make and communicate decisions regarding Winter and Spring athletics and activities closer to the start of the season.


Back to School Communications

List of 19 frequently asked questions.

  • August 5: Return to School Plan

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

    Dear Kents Hill School Community,                
     
    As we approach the start of the 2020-21 academic year, I am reminded of our mantra during remote learning: be flexible, be creative, and be compassionate. As we have spent the summer planning for our return to school, we have had to practice each of these things. We have had to be flexible with shifting our plans as we learn more about COVID-19; we have had to be creative as we think about outside spaces, project based learning, and hybrid learning; and we have had to be compassionate with ourselves and each other as we meet with masks on to figure out each detail of life on our campus.
     
    Our new plan, which you will find by visiting our Back to School Guide, gives us all a lot more flexibility. The extra two weeks at the beginning of the year will do a number of things: make sure that all our facilities are fully COVID-19-ready, give students and families within driving distance the opportunity to move their belongings into their rooms prior to the start of school, and allow us to prepare all students with an extensive virtual orientation. We will use the week of August 31-September 4 to allow families within driving distance to come and move their child’s belongings into their dorm early. Diane Chick, our Dean of Students, will be working with families to identify time slots. This will allow our official “move-in” day to have much less congestion and fewer people in the dorms.  
     
    Recognizing the different ways that families and teenagers have navigated their summers, we will then use September 7-11 to do a virtual orientation for all students. Students will learn expectations for navigating campus, get to meet with their advisors and advisory groups, connect with the other students in their dorms, and attend their first academic classes. This will allow us to fully train all students on what we will expect from them as we return to school in person, including proper health and hygiene expectations. Student leaders will arrive on campus on September 10, and other students will use September 10-11 to communicate with their teachers, advisors, and coaches to ensure that they feel ready to start the school year. In order to maximize the amount of time we have with our students on campus, we will extend our school year by one week, moving our 2021 graduation to Saturday, June 5.
     
    We recognize that Kents Hill is made up of many individuals, each of whom has different hopes, needs, and worries as we enter into our 2020-21 academic year. Our Community Agreement, included in our Return to School Plan, was created with the simple goal of protecting every member of the Kents Hill community. We know some of the things we are asking will not be easy, but we strongly believe that by each of us adhering to these practices we will have the greatest chance of staying together on campus, healthy and safe, throughout the academic year. This will mean all of us following the guidelines for social distancing and wearing a face covering/mask, as well as limiting social interactions outside of the Kents Hill community. This will also mean that any student, day or boarding, will be unable to participate in outside travel/club teams or training/practicing with any outside group or instructor through at least October 1, 2020. You will find additional information regarding these policies, as well as many others, in the Return to School Plan
     
    We also recognize that this was not the plan that you had for the upcoming year and we are committed to helping each of you make necessary shifts. Please reach out to Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org with any questions regarding travel to campus, particularly if you have to change existing reservations. If you have any questions about participation in outside travel/club teams, please reach out to Nan Hambrose, Director of Athletics, at nhambrose@kentshill.org.
     
    We appreciate your flexibility as we navigate this truly unprecedented time together. We remain committed to being together on campus and working collaboratively to meet the communal and individual needs of our community. As I have navigated my own summer with a rising 9th and 10th grader, I have vacillated between gratitude for the time that we all have together, and a constant feeling of worry. It can be hard for us all to learn to think beyond ourselves, show concern for those more vulnerable, and change our behavior to protect others. I have faith in our Kents Hill students and in their ability to look out for each other as we navigate this upcoming year.
     
    We look forward to seeing many of you during our upcoming Zoom Town Hall meeting on Thursday, August 6, from 6-7 p.m. EDT, to gather your feedback and answer any questions in real-time. To help us plan for the Town Hall, please RSVP and submit any questions that you would like to see addressed by completing this short survey.
     
    Date: Thursday, August 6 at 6-7 pm EDT 
    Meeting ID: 911 4500 3888
    Passcode: 550097
     
    Thank you for continuing to partner with us, for trusting us to find the balance between safety and connection, and we are so excited to see you all in September! 
     
    With gratitude, 
     
    Meadow
     
    Meadow Davis
    Associate Head of School
    COVID-19 Task Force Chair

    UPDATED SCHOOL CALENDAR
     
    August
    8/31-9/4: Move-in week (belongings only) for boarding students within driving distance 
     
    September
    9/7-11: Virtual orientation and academic classes
    9/10:  Proctors and Peer Advisors arrive on campus
    9/10-12: Proctors and Peer Advisors training
    9/13: New boarding students and returning international students (including Canada) arrive
    9/14: Returning domestic boarding students arrive (new student orientation - day and boarding)
    9/15: On-campus orientation (first day for returning day students)
    9/16: First day of on campus classes and afternoon athletics and activities
    9/19-20: Special weekend programming
    9/26: Saturday class
     
    October
    10/10: Saturday class
    10/17-19: Fall Long Weekend (No classes on Monday, students remain on campus)
    10/24: Saturday class
     
    November
    11/14: Saturday class
    11/25: Last day of classes for Semester 1
    11/26-29: Thanksgiving Break (*Students will have the option to either stay on campus over Thanksgiving Break and participate in their academic review, assessment, and reflection in-person OR can choose to go home for Thanksgiving Break (leaving after classes on Wednesday, November 25) and participate in their academic review, assessment, and reflection remotely. Students making this choice will not return to campus until after winter break in January)
    11/30-12/3: Final assessment study period and skills review
     
    December
    12/4-10: Final assessment and reflection period 
    12/10: Semester 1 ends 
    12/11: Winter Break travel day
     
    January
    1/4: Academic Gap Year, 12th, and 11th-grade boarding students return to campus
    1/5: 10th and 9th-grade boarding students return to campus 
    1/6-8: Special programming 
    1/11: Academic classes resume and Semester 2 begins
    1/30: Saturday class
     
    February
    2/6-8: Winter Long Weekend (No classes on Monday, students remain on campus)
    2/13: Saturday class
    2/26: Spring Break travel day
     
    March
    3/22: All boarding students return to campus
    3/23: Academic classes resume 
    3/27: Saturday class
     
    April
    4/10: Saturday class
    4/24-26: Spring Long Weekend 
     
    May
    5/8: Saturday class
    5/14: Last day of classes
    5/17: Advisor Day
    5/18-21: Final assessment study period and skills review
    5/24-28: Final assessment and reflection period
     
    June
    5/31-6/4: Community Engagement in Action
    6/5: Graduation

    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • August 3: Weekly Parent Newsletter

    Monday, August 3, 2020
     
    Dear Kents Hill School community, 
     
    We can’t believe that it’s already the last month of summer! Campus is starting to come alive with faculty members prepping their classrooms, reviewing their curriculum, and planning for new initiatives including hybrid learning and Project-Based Learning (PBL) in the year ahead. 
     
    We know that you are anxious to learn more about what the 2020-21 academic year will look like for your child and family. We’re looking forward to sharing our full "reopening plan" on Wednesday, August 5 and invite you to join us for a Zoom Parent Town Hall on Thursday, August 6, from 6-7 p.m. EDT, to allow us the opportunity to gather your feedback, provide additional details, and answer your questions in real-time. The link to access the Town Hall is below and the RSVP form will be distributed with the reopening plan on Wednesday.
     
    Date: Thursday, August 6 at 6:00 pm EDT 
    Meeting ID: 911 4500 3888
    Passcode: 550097
     
    New Student Advisor Assignments: Available Soon
     

    We’re excited to share faculty advisor assignments for our new students this week! At Kents Hill, advisors play an important role in their advisee’s lives. They are the “point person” for the students and help them navigate social, academic, and extracurricular trials and triumphs here on the Hill. Advisory groups are usually comprised of 4 to 6 students and meet weekly throughout the school year. Groups also participate in many other activities outside of our regular academic schedule, including going apple picking, ice skating at the Alfond Athletics Center, and getting treats off-campus, to name a few. Over the course of their time on the Hill, students build strong connections not only with their advisors, but also with the other students within their advisory groups. 
     
    Using the information that was submitted by students and their parents in their advisory surveys, we are working to make the final revisions by this Friday, August 7.  Students and parents will receive an email with directions on how to find their advisor assignment once they have been released. If you have any questions, please contact Erica Chute, Dean of Student and Residential Life, at echute@kentshill.org.
     
    Update from the Dean of Academics 
     
    Academic Schedules Now Available

    All student schedule drafts have been published and are available on our website. Students and families can access schedules by following these instructions: 

    1) Login to the Kents Hill website 
    2) Click “My Day” or “[Your Child’s Name]”
    3) Click “Progress” or “Schedule” 
    4) If you select Progress, the website will show all courses with a block. Click “1st Semester” or “2nd Semester.” Classes will show in the format of course name: block/period. 
    5) If you select Schedule, follow up by clicking Month and then hit the right arrow until you reach September. 

    If you have trouble accessing your child’s schedule, please contact our IT Help Desk at helpdesk@kentshill.org
     
    Requesting Schedule Changes

    The Academic Team worked very hard to craft academic schedules that would challenge students, allow them to pursue their interests, and enable them to graduate on time. However, these schedules are not set in stone! Students are encouraged to review our master schedule for 2020-2021 and, using it as a guide, complete this Google Form if they wish to adjust their schedule. (Please note that students must request courses that run during the same periods as the courses they wish to drop, or during their free periods.) 

    In addition, we will hold the first of two “add/drop” periods in the opening weeks of the school year. During the two-week add/drop period, students will have the option of meeting with Dr. Benjamin Priest, Dean of Academics, to discuss their schedules and advocate for reasonable changes. Although logistical constraints prevent us from honoring every request, we will do our best to make sure that all students have schedules that satisfy their academic requirements and, whenever possible, reflect their interests and ambitions.
     
    Textbook Ordering
     
    In an effort to make the textbook ordering process as easy as possible, our on-campus Bookstore is automatically set to order and have textbooks ready for purchase and pick-up (or for boarding students, delivered to their dorm room) when you arrive on campus. If you would like to purchase textbooks on your own (from vendors like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.) please contact Tina Duplessis, Student Center Manager, at tduplessis@kentshill.org. 
     
    Summer Reading and Assignments
     
    Directions for summer reading are available on our Back to School Guide. Please note that several Kents Hill teachers have also assigned a minimal amount of summer homework, which are listed below. Feel free to contact Dr. Benjamin Priest, Dean of Academics at bpriest@kentshill.org with any specific questions about summer homework. 
     
    • Algebra 1: Complete the problem set Ms. Katie McLaughlin provides here.
    • Foundations Geometry: Complete the problem set Mrs. Janet Dunn outlines herehere, and here.
    • Geometry and Honors Geometry: Complete the problem set Ms. Katie McLaughlin provides here
    • Algebra 2: Complete the practice workbook Mr. Mike Hannon and Ms. Diane Chick provide here.
    • Honors Algebra 2: Complete the practice workbook Mr. Mike Hannon and Ms. Diane Chick provide, along with the additional problem set here.
    • Precalculus: Complete the problem set Ms. Lehlabile Davhana provides here.
    • Honors Precalculus: Complete the assignment Ms. Katie Petrillo provides here.
    • Calculus: Complete the assignment Ms. Katie Petrillo provides here.
    • AP Calculus AB: Complete the problem set Mr. Tim Corey provides here. You can read directions here.
    • AP Studio Art 2D: Complete these assignments. 1) Keep a sketchbook and fill up 20 pages with sketches, notes, ideas, and pictures. 2) Create 3-4 finished works of excellent quality. The finished works can be portraits, landscapes, or still life pieces. Any medium you wish, any size you wish.
    • Anatomy and Physiology: Complete the assignment Mr. Grady Congleton outlines here.
    Remember, students should only complete these assignments if they are enrolled in these classes!
     
    2019-20 Yearbook Update
     
    Yearbooks from the 2019-20 school year have arrived to the Hill! All students who ordered last year’s yearbook will receive their copy upon their return to campus in the Fall. If you have any questions, please contact Erica Chute, Dean of Student and Residential Life, at echute@kentshill.org
     
    Your Student’s Kents Hill Email Address 
     
    Earlier today, new parents and students received instructions on how students can access the website and their Kents Hill email address. If you have any questions, did not receive the instructions, or need help accessing the accounts, please contact our IT Help Desk at helpdesk@kentshill.org. 

    Celebrating our Campus: Lovejoy Pond

    As we plan for the start of school, we’re excited to capitalize on all of the beautiful outdoor spaces our campus has to offer. Whether they want to go swimming with friends, exploring the pond in kayaks, or if they prefer lounging on the docks with a good book, our waterfront on Lovejoy Pond is sure to become a new favorite spot for our students! 
     
     
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • August 3: Academic Schedules Now Available 

    Monday, August 3, 2020

    Dear Kents Hill community, 
     
    Greetings from Kents Hill School! As we look ahead to our last full month of summer, I wanted to touch base regarding a few important back-to-school items, including academic schedules, the course “add/drop” process, AP and dual-enrollment course fees, the process for ordering textbooks, and summer homework.
     
    • All student schedule drafts have been published and are available on our website. Students and families can access schedules by following these instructions: 1) Login to the Kents Hill website 2) Click “My Day” or “[Your Child’s Name]” 3) Click “Progress” or “Schedule” 4) If you select Progress, the website will show all courses with a block. Click “1st Semester” or “2nd Semester.” Classes will show in the format of course name: block/period. 5) If you select Schedule, follow up by clicking Month and then hit the right arrow until you reach September. Note: if you have trouble accessing your schedule, please contact our IT Help Desk at helpdesk@kentshill.org.
    • The Academic Team worked very hard to craft academic schedules that would challenge students, allow them to pursue their interests, and enable them to graduate on time. However, these schedules are not set in stone! Students are encouraged to review our master schedule for 2020-2021 and, using it as a guide, complete this Google Form if they wish to adjust their schedule. (Please note that students must request courses that run during the same periods as the courses they wish to drop, or during their free periods.) In addition, we will hold an “add/drop” period in the opening weeks of the school year. During this two-week add/drop period, students will have the option of meeting with me to discuss their schedules and advocate for reasonable changes. Although logistical constraints prevent us from honoring every request, we will do our best to make sure that all students have schedules that satisfy their academic requirements and, whenever possible, reflect their interests and ambitions.
    • Please note that students taking Advanced Placement courses are required to take the AP exam in April or May 2021. The College Board charges a fee of $94 per exam, which is billed to student accounts at the start of the academic year. Students are also billed for the additional dual-enrollment course fees charged by the University of Maine at Augusta and the University of Maine at Farmington. If you have questions about AP or dual-enrollment course fees, please contact Dr. Wilson Onu, Associate Dean of Academics, at wonu@kentshill.org.
    • In an effort to make the textbook ordering process as easy as possible, our on-campus Bookstore is automatically set to order and have textbooks ready for purchase and pick-up (or for boarding students, delivered to their dorm room) when you arrive on campus. If you would like to purchase textbooks on your own (from vendors like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.) please contact Tina Duplessis, Student Center Manager, at tduplessis@kentshill.org.
    • As we indicated on July 1, directions for summer reading are available on our Back to School Guide. Please note that several Kents Hill teachers have also assigned a minimal amount of summer homework, which must be completed before students return to school in September. We have included these assignments below. Feel free to contact me at bpriest@kentshill.org with any specific questions about summer homework. 
     
    We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and look forward to seeing you soon!
     
    Best wishes,
     
    Dr. Benjamin Priest
    Dean of Academics

    Summer Assignments and Homework*
     
    Algebra 1: Complete the problem set Ms. Katie McLaughlin provides here.
     
    Foundations Geometry: Complete the problem set Mrs. Janet Dunn outlines herehere, and here.
     
    Geometry and Honors Geometry: Complete the problem set Ms. Katie McLaughlin provides here
     
    Algebra 2: Complete the practice workbook Mr. Mike Hannon and Ms. Diane Chick provide here.
     
    Honors Algebra 2: Complete the practice workbook Mr. Mike Hannon and Ms. Diane Chick provide, along with the additional problem set here.
     
    Precalculus: Complete the problem set Ms. Lehlabile Davhana provides here.
     
    Honors Precalculus: Complete the assignment Ms. Katie Petrillo provides here.
     
    Calculus: Complete the assignment Ms. Katie Petrillo provides here.
     
    AP Calculus AB: Complete the problem set Mr. Tim Corey provides here. You can read directions here.
     
    AP Studio Art 2D: Complete these assignments. 1) Keep a sketchbook and fill up 20 pages with sketches, notes, ideas, and pictures. 2) Create 3-4 finished works of excellent quality. The finished works can be portraits, landscapes, or still life pieces. Any medium you wish, any size you wish.
     
    Anatomy and Physiology: Complete the assignment Mr. Grady Congleton outlines here.
     
    *You should only do these assignments if you are enrolled in these classes!

    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • July 30: Zoom Town Hall Postponed 

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

    Dear Kents Hill Community,
     
    It is a beautiful day here on the Hill, with blue skies and enough of a breeze that the heat is not stifling. We were all looking forward to connecting with you online tonight, for our Town Hall, and to sharing more specific information with our day and international families about their unique situations.
     
    However, as we sat down and read over all your questions and reviewed the most up-to-date information from the Maine DOE and CDC, we realized that we still have a little work to do. Rather than continuing to send small updates as we have them, we would like to share our full "reopening plan," which we will be ready to send to you all next week. Therefore, we are postponing our Town Hall until next Thursday, August 6, so that you will have time to review our reopening plan on Wednesday and send us questions that you still have. The RSVP form and link to access the Town Hall will be shared in our next parent newsletter.
     
    We will look forward to connecting next week and please, as always, reach out with specific questions or concerns that you might have. We are always willing to walk through specific scenarios with you.
     
    With gratitude,
     
    Meadow
     
    Meadow Davis
    Associate Head of School

    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • July 27: Answering Key Questions and Zoom Town Hall Invitation

    Monday, July 27, 2020

    Dear Kents Hill Students and Families,
     
    Last week, along with Erica Chute and Chris Cheney, I connected, via Zoom, with some of our student leaders. They had new haircuts, positive attitudes, and great questions and suggestions for next year. Connecting with them brought me back, in a wonderful way, to the most important thing: our students. We have been spending so much time, necessary time, measuring classrooms, talking about the best types of masks, and identifying protocols for testing and quarantine that I had forgotten the energy that comes from interactions with our students.
     
    Our internal COVID-19 Task Force meets three times each week to continue to answer the questions that are important to you and to move forward with a plan that balances health and safety with community and connection. We started these meetings over Zoom and have now moved into our Bibby and Harold Alfond Dining Commons. During our first in-person meeting we sat all around the room, certainly more than six feet apart, wearing masks. We couldn’t hear each other, a one-hour meeting felt like three, and I was hot and grumpy when we left. It has now been a week of meeting in the Commons and we are figuring it out. People have found the masks that work best for them (over the ears or two long loops) and learned to project with the masks on. I have also found something new to be grateful for - being outside, in the fresh air, without my mask. Even if it’s hot, raining, or in the midst of a summer thunderstorm - I am happy to be outside. These experiences are giving me a sense of what things will be like when we all are back together on campus. Awkward and maybe a little grumpy at first. Then, figuring out how to make the new normal work for each person individually, and in a group. Eventually finding a rhythm. And being so grateful to be together on our beautiful campus in Maine.
     
    Something that I want to bring to your attention today is the theme that our school community has come back to throughout our experience with COVID-19 ... stronger together. We are a community, each and every one of us, and throughout the next year, it will be so very important that we are all thinking about each other as we make decisions. How do we protect the people in our community who are most vulnerable? How do we each consider our whole community as we make individual decisions? We know we are stronger together and that all our decisions need to be made with everyone in our community in mind.
     
    As we read through all your questions, there are some themes. We wanted to take the time today to answer the questions we are getting most often. We promise there will be more letters, more Zoom Town Halls, and more website updates until each and every question you have is answered.
     
    How will Kents Hill think creatively about outside spaces?
     
    Very creatively! Tents will be available across campus for students to eat in, take classes in, and hang out in. Adirondack chairs, placed six feet apart, will be set up all around campus for students and faculty to safely gather with each other and our many fields and open spaces will be used for outside games and gatherings (think badminton, corn hole, volleyball, capture the flag, and more). Each dorm will have a fire pit and we are planning to regularly host outside “walk-in” movies on the Bibby and Harold Alfond Dining Commons patio. We also look forward to using our miles of trails and beautiful waterfront in new ways, especially during the “warmer” months of September and October. We are continuously grateful for the beauty, and breadth, of our campus and believe that you and your children will be as well.
     
     
    Will students be able to access the Alfond Athletics Center and the ice rink in September? 
     
    Yes! Though we have not identified the exact date that the ice will be put in, it will be sometime in September. We know how important ice time is to our hockey players and we are also excited for all our students to have time to skate. Wouldn’t it be cool if all Kents Hill students, at some time during their time, spent time both on our ice and on our ski slope? In addition to our O'Connor Alpine Training Center, waterfront, extensive trail system, and turf fields, the Alfond Athletics Center and on-campus ice rink are spaces that allow us to offer our students the important benefits of fun and plenty of physical activity. Students will have access to the ice, as they normally do, throughout the fall and winter seasons.
     
    What does it mean when you talk about “pods” or “packs,” and how will this impact the experience of students on campus?
     
    We know now that the combination of masks/face coverings, social distancing, and handwashing is the best way to keep our community as healthy and safe as possible. Therefore, when students arrive on campus in the fall, they will all be able to interact with one another as long as they are wearing masks, socially distancing, and regularly washing their hands. Some schools are using “pods” to keep the same group of students together all the time (live, learn, eat, practice, etc.). Kents Hill is not planning to use traditional pods, but will instead rely on social distancing, masks, and handwashing to keep our campus safe.
     
    However, we are interested in the idea of creating “Husky Packs,” focused on the idea of allowing our boarding students to create a family unit within their dorms. After a few weeks and/or when we determine that it is safe to do so, Dorm Heads will introduce the opportunity for boarding students to select to join a "pack" with other students in their dorm (Maine Hall, Davis Hall, etc.). While in the dorm or individual dorm rooms, students in a "pack" will be able to interact with one another without masks or socially distancing, as if they were a family in a household. When students leave the "pack" and/or dorm location, they will be required to wear a mask and socially distance. 
     
    Students who do not choose to join a "pack" will simply continue to interact with other students while wearing a mask and socially distancing. These guidelines will be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure that we are meeting CDC guidelines while making sure that we are meeting the needs and desires of our students. 
     
    At this time, day students will not be in “packs” as they already have their family unit at home and will be required to wear masks and socially distance while on campus. We know our day student families have a lot of questions about what next year will look like, and we will be sending a letter later this week with specifics just for you. You are an important part of our community and we will continue to value your presence and contributions as we create safe ways for all your children to continue to feel connected to their friends and peers. 
     
    What is the process if boarding students want to leave campus for the weekend? 
     
    In order to allow students the opportunity to create a family-like unit within their dorms, we need to make sure that all boarding students are limiting their risk to exposure. In general, boarding students should plan to stay on campus through either the Thanksgiving or Winter Break, depending on individual family plans. 
     
    However, we recognize that for some students and families it will be important to have the option to leave campus. In those situations, students will need to submit a negative COVID-19 test before they return to campus. We recommend that students plan to stay at home, or wherever they are traveling to, for at least one week and participate in remote learning to accommodate the time that it will take to get a test and receive results.  We are grateful that our hybrid learning model does provide us the flexibility to both minimize our risk on campus, and allow all of our students to create the schedule and plan that works best for their families and their mental, physical, and emotional health.
     
    What are some of the ways that Kents Hill will support faculty and staff to be best prepared to welcome students back to campus? 
     
    We have so many things ready for all of you! We have been preparing each and every classroom for that magical combination of safety and learning - measuring desks to create the CDC recommended separation and creating technological solutions so students can be fully engaged whether they are learning from another country or here on the Hill. We have a two-week faculty orientation planned for August, ensuring that our faculty are prepared to implement project-based learning (PBL) units, adapt their curriculum to hybrid learning (both in-person and online/remote), and learn about all of our new students who are joining us this year! Our faculty orientation will include outside experts to help guide our learning around PBL, moving towards becoming an anti-racist school, and understanding and being ready to implement best practices around COVID-19 protocols and procedures. 
     
     
    We look forward to seeing many of you during our upcoming Zoom Town Hall meeting on Thursday, July 30, and hope that this communication answered at least some of your questions. To help us plan for the Zoom Town Hall, please RSVP and submit any questions or themes that you would like to see addressed by completing this short survey. We plan to run this Town Hall a bit differently to make sure that we are answering all of your individual questions. International families are invited to attend from 6-6:30 p.m., day families from 6:30-7 p.m., and domestic boarding families from 7-7:30 p.m. The link to join the meeting will be shared in our next parent newsletter and again prior to the meeting. 
     
    We plan to send letters later this week to international families and day families, as we know you have specific questions regarding travel and campus navigation. In addition, we are also working on developing personas for each of your specific situations that will be available soon with individual guidance for what quarantine, testing, and travel to campus would look like. 
     
    With gratitude,
     
    Meadow
     
    Meadow Davis
    Associate Head of School

    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • July 20: Weekly Parent Newsletter

    Monday, July 20, 2020
     
    Dear Families, 

    Happy Monday from all of us here on The Hill! 
     
    As we are beginning to delve more deeply into many details regarding students returning to campus, we have realized that getting some more information from you will allow our planning to be more effective. Please take five minutes to fill out this quick survey and help us make sure we are providing you with the best resources and support around travel, quarantine, and testing. 
     
    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Meadow Davis, Associate Head of School, at mdavis@kentshill.org
     
    Community Engagement Program: Building Character Through Service
     
    Here on the Hill, we’ve long believed in our mission, “one person of principle can always make a difference” and that every member of our school community should have the opportunity and support to engage in service to others in ways that most interest them. This year, our new Community Engagement team will work with students and faculty to think critically about how we relate to the different communities we are a part of, how we engage with those communities to contribute to the greater good. In addition to developing and delivering programming that helps identify community issues and solutions, the team will tie community engagement to our 4D Academic Curriculum by regularly encouraging individual and group reflection. 
     
    Looking ahead, we are excited to offer many new and existing opportunities for students, including: 
     
    • Community Service Days when we travel out beyond the bounds of our campus to assist individuals and programs in Kennebec, Androscoggin, Franklin, and Cumberland Counties. 
    • Individual and group passion projects that have included work with the Travis Mills Foundation, local animal shelters, and participation in events such as Women's Marches or Black Lives Matter protests. 
    • An end-of-year “Community Engagement in Action” period where students and faculty apply what they have learned to design projects that impact our campus, region, and state. 
     
    Jeff Munson: Director of Community Engagement
    Jeff serves as Head of the newly-formed STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Division and is the Director of Community Engagement at Kents Hill. In addition to teaching physics and robotics, he will focus on developing the character of our students and firmly believes that personal growth and moral compasses can only be developed when we begin to look beyond ourselves to the needs of those around us. 
     
    Shaelie Dumont: Assistant Director of Community Engagement
    Shaelie is a 2010 graduate of Kents Hill who is entering her sixth year as a faculty member. Her interest in community engagement began when she read the all-school read during her junior year --  This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women. She hopes that through the Community Engagement Program, each Kents Hill student will be able to develop their own principles and realize their potential to make a difference.
     
     
    Rev. Myung Eun Park: Chaplain 
    Myung is our school Chaplain and pastor of nearby Readfield Methodist Church. She is looking forward to making connections and creating partnerships with our local community and believes that stronger connections make stronger communities, which ultimately helps an individual live a better and healthier life. 

    Maureen Whitestone: Community Service Day Coordinator
    Maureen coordinates our two annual Community Service Days, which have been a school tradition for more than 20 years. During these days, teams of faculty and students visit more than 30 community sites, including local soup kitchens, nursing homes, hospitals, camps, nature trails/preserves, and senior citizen homes. Maureen is excited to provide opportunities for students to engage with our neighbors and local nonprofits and to put our core values of altruism, friendship and compassion into action.
     
    New & Noteworthy Courses for 2020-21
     
    As Kents Hill builds upon our 4D Academic Curriculum, we are excited to introduce new courses that provide students with innovative, creative, and relevant learning opportunities. Stay tuned as we feature more new and noteworthy courses in the weeks ahead. 
     
    Metalworking and Jewelry Making
    This is a semester long course that is designed to introduce students to working with metal from a fine art or jewelry perspective. Students will work with copper and silver as they learn to design functional and sculpture work. Some of the skills they will learn will include using a jeweler’s saw, soldering, riveting, sanding, patina, and stone setting. Taught by Dylan Gifford, this semester-long course will be offered in Spring 2021 within the Visual Arts Department.
     
    Community Designing and Building
     
    This course will focus on the designing and building needs of the Kents Hill community. Students will identify instances where design can make a positive impact on our campus or community and work together to create project proposals. Students will then work as a class to create one-of-a-kind objects of value that enrich the quality of life on campus. Projects will range from garden beds to boat building, office furniture, and furniture restoration. Taught by Jordan Gehman, this semester-long course will be offered in Spring 2021 within the Visual Arts Department.
     
    Issues in Global Public Health
     
    Global Public Health will investigate real public health challenges facing the twenty-first-century world. Examples include infectious diseases, malnutrition, and pollution. The class will develop statistical analysis and complex system-thinking skills to research these issues and use scientific reasoning to explore their governmental, cultural, and geographical aspects. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify current public health problems, develop plans to address the problems, and present their proposals to classmates and other members of the Kents Hill community. Taught by Shaelie Dumont, this semester-long course will be offered in Spring 2021 within the Science Department.
     
    Math and Finance
     
    This course introduces students to the basic mathematics of money management. Simply put, many people do not know how to manage their money. 80% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Student loans in America have reached over $1.5 TRILLION! This course shows students how to stay out of debt, build wealth, and live prosperous and productive lives. The course will use a combination of classroom discussion, instruction, infographics, activities, projects, role plays, case studies, videos, group work, readings, essays and individual reflections to cover the content. Taught by. Mike Hannon, this semester-long course will be offered in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 within the Mathematics Department.
     
    Abnormal Psychology
     
    In this course, students will gain knowledge of psychological disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and schizophrenia. The course focus will also include historical and contemporary topics related to psychological disorders such as the deinstitutional movement of the 1960s, historical perspectives on women and mental illness, and the rise of depression and anxiety disorders among young people in the 21st century. Taught by Maureen Whitestone, this will be a year-long course within the Social Studies Department.
     
    Club Offerings for the 2020-21 Academic Year
     
    As we prepare the year ahead, we are excited to offer a number of new and returning clubs for students to join. Stay tuned as we feature more clubs in the weeks ahead! 
     
    Slow Jams
     
    Many members of our community got to experience the fun of the SLOTH (Social Listening on The Hill - our online radio station) during our remote learning period last year. Pete Hodgin is excited to lead the creation of a student radio station while we are in person. With shows both student-led and faculty-led ranging from showtunes to classic rock, this is a perfect opportunity for those interested in sharing their musical taste with their community. 
     
    Juxtapose
     
    Juxtapose is a literary publication that features works created and curated by members of our community. Students are invited to submit their poetry, prose, short stories, or other literary works to be included in the final publication, which will be coordinated by Adam Chabot. Students are also welcomed to be a part of the editorial team, which curates and proofreads submitted works. You can view the Spring 2020 edition of Juxtapose, here.
     
    The Collective
     
    The Collective is a club for female-identified students to find space to speak about and support each other with their experiences as a girl at Kents Hill. Topics of discussion in the past have ranged from self-love and empowerment, leadership, and campus equity. Led by Alexa Holmes, all female-identified students are welcomed to join a space that safely lifts up and listens to their unique experiences.

    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • July 17: Share Your Opening Of School Travel Plans

    Friday, July 17, 2020

    Dear Kents Hill Families,
     
    It was so lovely to see so many of you during the Zoom “Town Hall” earlier this week. You asked, as always, really thoughtful questions that are so important as we continue to navigate our COVID-19 planning process. 
     
    Today we have some questions for you! As we are beginning to delve more deeply into many details, we have realized that getting some more information from you will allow our planning to be more effective. If we can understand more about how you are planning to arrive at Kents Hill and what support and information you need around testing, that will allow us to plan our transportation and quarantine support options. Please take five minutes to fill out this quick survey and help us make sure we are providing the best resources for each of your situations
     
    I know there are still so many questions that you all have and we are working hard to answer each and every one. Our student life team has many great ideas for how to make weekends fun and engaging, even when we are mostly on campus. We are busy getting our waterfront and trails ready, creating outside hangout spots all around campus, and making sure each learning space has lots of windows that we can open wide. We have already been thinking about how we can use our entire campus as our classroom, and this article made me feel like we are on the right track. I know you heard a little from Dr. Priest, our Dean of Academics, in a recent family newsletter about our focus on Project Based Learning over the next year. This engaging way of teaching, combined with our ability to use our entire campus as our classroom, are two of the things that make me feel confident, and positive, about Kents Hill next year for my own family.
     
    I have also been lucky enough to work closely with our Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Team as we begin to think about next year. We are working on a school audit, faculty orientation and training throughout the year, and student programming that helps our students and faculty understand more about what it means when Kents Hill says that our community is working towards being an anti-racist school. More to come on the specific steps we are taking, but please know that we are not forgetting our commitment to creating an environment where every student feels a sense of belonging here on the Hill.
     
    I hope you all read our weekly newsletters, as they are chock full of information about our faculty, classes, and programs. Please also continue to check our Back to School Guide, as that is where we post the most up-to-date information, as well as all of our newsletters and communications. We really appreciate you taking the time to fill out the survey and I look forward to seeing many of you on our Zoom Town Hall next week.
     
    With gratitude,
     
    Meadow
     
    Meadow Davis
    Associate Head of School

    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • July 13: Weekly Parent Newsletter

    Monday, July 13, 2020
     
    Dear Families, 

    After months of learning, researching, planning, and planning again, we're happy to share our most recent Back to School/COVID-19 decisions (available by clicking here) and even happier to announce that we will be welcoming all of our students back to Maine this Fall. We hope that our Back to School Guide answers your most pressing questions, but also recognize that there are many details still to share and we plan to be in regular contact with you throughout the summer. 

    Don’t miss the opportunity to RSVP for our first biweekly Zoom “Town Hall” conversation below, which will help us gather your feedback and answer questions in real-time. You’ll also find some additional information on what to expect this Fall, including new programs and departments that are designed to best meet the interests and needs of our school community. 

    Zoom Town Hall: Fall 2020
     
    Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 14, we will host our first biweekly Zoom "Town Hall" regarding our most current Back to School/COVID-19 planning from 6-7 p.m. EDT. In order to help us to best understand your questions and concerns so that we can address them during the Town Hall, and in future communications, please complete this short survey. We hope to see you there!
     
    Parent Zoom Conversation: Click here to join
    Meeting ID: 911 4500 3888
    Password: 550097
    Dial-In: 1-646-558-8656
     
     
    Introducing the Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Team

    As we continuously strive to build a safe and supportive school community for all of our students, we’re excited to introduce our newly appointed Diversity, Equity, and Belonging (DEB) Co-Coordinators. They have been hard at work this summer planning educational opportunities and programming for the year ahead that will focus on important and timely issues, including race and anti-racism, gender and sexuality, and their many intersections. Currently, the DEB Team is focused on planning and implementing training for the Kents Hill faculty/staff and evaluating current practices within and outside of the classroom. We invite you to learn more about the members of our DEB Team, below: 

    Lehlabile Davhana

    Lehlabile is originally from South Africa and is a recent graduate of Trinity College, where she spearheaded advocacy work for the international student population. She is excited to work with Kents Hill faculty and students to celebrate multiculturalism while exploring the experience of international students at Kents Hill and beyond. 

    Brian Smith

    Brian is the faculty advisor of Kents Hill’s students of color organization, The Group. In addition to creating and delivering community programming related to race and racism in local, regional, and national contexts, he will focus on fostering open lines of communication between faculty and students regarding race and the experience of students of color. 

    Alexa Holmes

    Entering her third year on the Hill, Alexa brings experience with and passion for LGBTQ+ inclusion and gender equity programming to the DEB Team. She will use her experience designing and developing advocacy efforts to empower Kents Hill students to use their voices for positive change. 
     
    Key Dates Calendar 2020-21
     
    Since the spring, we have been working hard to understand the impact of COVID-19 on our school community. The calendar below was created based on feedback from all members of our school community and is focused on prioritizing health, safety, consistency, and community. Please keep in mind that this is our most recent plan and it is subject to change as things evolve. 
     
    August
    8/27: Student leaders arrive on campus
    8/27-29: Student leader training
    8/30: New boarding students arrive 
    8/31: Returning 12th-grade boarding students arrive (new day and boarding student orientation)
     
    September
    9/1: Returning 10th and 11th-grade boarding students arrive (Academic Gap Year and 12th-grade boarding student orientation and continued new student orientation)
    9/2: All student orientation (first day for returning day students)
    9/3: First day of classes and athletics/activities
    9/5-6: Special weekend programming
    9/26: Saturday class
     
    October
    10/10: Saturday class
    10/17-19: Fall Long Weekend (No classes on Monday, students remain on campus)
    10/24: Saturday class
     
    November
    11/14: Saturday class
    11/25: Last day of classes for Semester 1
    11/26-29: Thanksgiving Break (*Students will have the option to either stay on campus over Thanksgiving Break and participate in their academic review, assessment, and reflection in-person OR can choose to go home for Thanksgiving Break (leaving after classes on Wednesday, November 25) and participate in their academic review, assessment, and reflection remotely. )
    11/30-12/3: Final assessment study period and skills review
     
    December
    12/4-10: Final assessment and reflection period 
    12/10: Semester 1 ends 
    12/11: Winter Break travel day
     
    January
    1/4: Academic Gap Year, 12th, and 11th-grade boarding students return to campus
    1/5: 10th and 9th-grade boarding students return to campus 
    1/6-8: Special programming 
    1/11: Academic classes resume and Semester 2 begins
    1/30: Saturday class
     
    February
    2/6-8: Winter Long Weekend (No classes on Monday, students remain on campus)
    2/13: Saturday class
    2/26: Spring Break travel day
     
    March
    3/22: All boarding students return to campus
    3/23: Academic classes resume 
    3/27: Saturday class
     
    April
    4/10: Saturday class
    4/24-26: Spring Long Weekend 
     
    May
    5/1: Saturday class
    5/7: Last day of classes
    5/10-14: Final assessment study period and skills review
    5/17: Advisor Day
    5/18-21: Final assessment and reflection period
    5/24-28: Community Engagement in Action
    5/29: Graduation

    Fall Activity Highlight: Performing Arts Showcase

    Think of this afternoon activity as a "student-directed buffet" for creativity and expression. Students will have the opportunity to create projects and performances based on their individual and collective interests that could include dance, music, acting, improv comedy, playwriting, and more. 

    We are happy to share that Lehlabile Davhana, a Trinity College Theatre and Dance Program graduate, will be joining us as the activity leader. Lehabile brings a wealth of passion and knowledge with experience in acting, playwriting, stage lighting design, and multiple forms of dance including South African traditional dance. 

     
    Reminders from the College Counseling Office
     
    Even when Kents Hill students are away, our College Counseling Office is available as a resource, guide, and source of feedback. Gretchen Bergill, Director of College Counseling, is happy to review drafts of the Common Application, provide feedback on essay drafts, advise on individual college lists, and answer questions about course selection and testing plans. Students and their parents are welcome to email her to set up an appointment at gbergill@kenthill.org

    Seniors and Juniors should keep in mind that PSAT and SAT testing will be offered in October and that the Method Test Prep account can be used to prepare for both exams. We are working to secure an ACT testing date for students as well, and details will be shared with families as soon as they are confirmed! 
     
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • July 10: Share Your Back to School Questions and Feedback

    Friday, July 10, 2020

    Dear Kents Hill Parents and Guardians,
     
    After months of learning, researching, planning, and planning again, we're happy to share our most recent Back to School/COVID-19 decisions (available by clicking here) and even happier to announce that we will be welcoming all of our students back to Maine this Fall. 
     
    We hope that this communication answers your most pressing questions. We also recognize that there are many details still to share and we plan to be in regular contact with you throughout the summer to ensure that you get all the answers you are looking for. In addition to weekly email communications, we will host biweekly Zoom "Town Hall" conversations so that we can hear your feedback and answer questions in real-time. Our first Town Hall will take place on Tuesday, July 14, from 6-7 p.m. EDT. In order to help us to best understand your questions and concerns so that we can address them during the Town Hall, and in future communications, please complete this short survey. You will also have the opportunity to add topics and questions during the call.
     
    Parent Zoom Conversation
    Meeting ID: 911 4500 3888
    Password: 550097
    Dial-In: 1-646-558-8656
     
    We are grateful and humbled for your continued support, flexibility, and partnership as we navigate this unpredictable time, and look forward to connecting on Zoom and in other ways.
     
    Best,
     
    Chris 
     
    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School

    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • July 9: Fall 2020 Plan and COVID-19 Resources

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

    Dear Kents Hill School Community, 
     
    First and foremost, I want to extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation for your support over the past few months. 
     
    I continue to find it remarkable that Kents Hill - a nearly 200-year-old school built on the power of in-person relationships and experiences - finished our academic year in a remote learning environment. Throughout this unfamiliar and unpredictable time, the strength and resilience of our community was consistently evident. Students went above and beyond to engage in social media challenges, make their communities a better place through advocacy and volunteerism, and, most importantly, use their voices to engage in hard conversations and demand that we do more to show our commitment to diversity, equity, and belonging. We are indeed facing an unprecedented moment in time, with unprecedented challenges. 
     
    For our students who have been waiting since March to hear the news about Fall 2020, I won’t bury the lead any longer. It provides me with hope and anticipation to share that we will welcome all of our students and faculty back to campus this fall.
     
    Our location in Kennebec County in Maine is one of our greatest assets as our state has very low COVID-19 numbers and our county currently has no community transmission. Our campus spans over 400-acres that includes miles of wooded trails, a beautiful waterfront, and our own Ice Rink and Alpine Center - ensuring that students will be safe, grounded, and engaged. We feel confident that we can safely welcome our global community back to central Maine.
     
    While the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic will require us to be flexible, creative, and embrace change, the decision to return to teaching and learning on campus is the result of months of extensive research and decision-making that has been guided by three core principles:
    • To do everything that we can to ensure that our community of faculty, staff, and students remains as healthy and safe as possible, especially those with the highest risk. This has included consulting with leading experts in medicine, public health, and governmental policy and developing a comprehensive set of guidelines that allow our community to live and learn together. 
    • To never lose sight of the importance of building the community and connection for which Kents Hill is known. While life will certainly look and feel different when we open in the Fall, we know we can offer our students the academic and extracurricular opportunities, as well as the connection to both adults and students, that they expect and look forward to.
    • To provide you with the best possible information, resources, and choices to make decisions that best fit the needs of your family. We have, and will continue to, develop creative solutions that seek to balance health and safety with a meaningful student experience.
    Our current Back to School Guide and COVID-19 Plan is now available for all parents and students by clicking here. In addition to arrival details and adjustments to the school calendar, we hope it will answer your most pressing questions.
     
    As we look forward to welcoming our students to their “home on the Hill,” please keep in mind that this is our most recent plan and it is subject to change as things evolve. The plan will be updated regularly between now and the start of school and we will send weekly email updates that highlight new information. 
     
    We want to understand your questions and concerns so that we are able to make sure to address them in future communications. In addition to a short survey that we hope you will complete, we will also host biweekly Zoom “Town Hall” conversations. The first conversation for families will take place on Tuesday, July 14, from 6-7 p.m. EDT. You will receive the survey, meeting link, and RSVP form via email shortly. 
     
    We are grateful and humbled for your continued support, patience, and flexibility, and look forward to sharing additional details soon. Never before has our commitment to developing “people of principle who can always make a difference in the world” felt more important, timely, and critical than it does right now. We are committed to doing this hard work, together. 
     
    If you have any immediate questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Andrea Emmershy, Executive Assistant, to schedule a time for us to connect. She can be reached directly at aemmershy@kentshill.org.
     
    Best,
     
    Chris 
     
    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School

    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • July 6: Weekly Parent Newsletter

    Monday, July 6, 2020

    Dear Families, 

    We know that you have many questions regarding what Fall 2020 will look like at Kents Hill School. On Thursday, July 9, you will receive a communication that outlines our planning and decision-making for the opening of school. This overview will include: adjustments to the school calendar; what the student experience will look like in terms of academics, athletics, afternoon activities, dorm life, and more; what steps we will take to ensure our community of faculty, staff, and students remains as healthy and safe as possible; and, importantly, how we will focus on building the community and connection that makes Kents Hill what it is. 

    We will also host Zoom “Town Hall” conversations for students and parents during the week of July 13 to provide us with the opportunity to hear your feedback, answer any questions or concerns, and share additional information. Keep an eye on your inbox for more information, including the day/time and Zoom meeting link. 

    Latest Information on the Back to School Guide
     
    Academic Schedules
     
    Our academic team is currently hard at work crafting academic schedules for all new and returning students. On Friday, July 31, students will be able to log in to the Kents Hill portal (on www.kentshill.org) and access their schedules. To create each schedule, we look at several sources, including academic transcripts, Kents Hill’s graduation requirements, and our Curriculum Guide for 2020-21. 
     
    Summer Reading
     
    Directions for summer reading are now available by clicking here (PDF version is available by clicking here). In addition to our annual all-school read, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba, we have listed required and recommended reading assignments for students at all grade and ability levels. 
     
    Summer Homework and Assignments
     
    Several Kents Hill teachers assign a minimal amount of additional summer homework and placement assignments, which must be completed before students return to school in September. We are in the process of collecting and organizing those summer assignments and will make them available via our Back to School Guide on Friday, July 31.
     
    Questions?

    The academic team will be in touch to provide you with additional updates, including how to access the portal and individual academic schedules, later this month. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Benjamin Priest, Dean of Academics, at bpriest@kentshill.org

    Reminder! New Parent Survey

    We couldn’t be more excited to have a truly wonderful group of students and parents joining the Kents Hill community. To help us create the best possible experience for our new students, we ask that parents complete this survey as soon as possible, if you have not yet done so. Your answers will guide us in matching your child with a faculty advisor and advisee group. If you have any questions about the survey and/or the year ahead, please feel free to reach out to Erica Lowell Chute, Dean of Student and Residential Life, at echute@kentshill.org.

    Meet Dr. Christian Giddings, Art Department Co-Chair 

    It might be an understatement to say that Christian Giddings, Art Department Co-Chair and Music Program Director, checked a few items off of his quarantine bucket list! Most recently, he received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona and was named as the Eastern Division Representative on the Council for Innovations for the National Association for Music Education, a leading nonprofit dedicated to music education in secondary schools across the United States. To get to know Dr. Giddings, we asked him a few questions … 

    Q. WHO IS A MUSICIAN WHOSE WORK YOU ADMIRE?

    “Sam Beam of Iron & Wine. He started out as a folk musician, but throughout each one of his albums, he pushes himself to experiment with new sounds and styles. He even put out a jazz-influenced album. Not only is he an incredible performer live, he consistently experiments with his own songs. He will do jazz versions of his acoustic songs, or acoustic versions of his songs that have a full band. He also has made several full albums with other musicians outside of his work with Iron & Wine, and these collaborations show that he is always evolving as a musician. I think it is incredibly important to always be growing as a musician.”

    Q. WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES A SONG GET STUCK IN YOUR HEAD?

    “Repetition. It seems simple, but it is a core feature of any style of music throughout time. You might ask yourself, what do Beethoven and Kendrick Lamar have in common? The answer would be the use of repetition in their music. As the saying goes; "if you write something good, make sure you repeat it!”

    Don’t miss the chance to preview all of our great music, performing arts, and visual arts courses in the Curriculum Guide for 2020-21.


    Project Based Learning and the Arts 
     
    This year each academic department will create and deliver one unit of “Project Based Learning” (also known as PBL), which is a teaching strategy that puts students in the driver’s seat of their learning and encourages real-world problem-solving in areas that most interest them. 

    While the Art Department is no stranger to creatively thinking about teaching and learning, they will actively partner with Jeff Munson, STEAM Division Head (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), and Dr. Benjamin Priest, Humanities Division Head (English, Social Studies, and World Languages) to help teachers and students integrate arts and creativity into their PBL units. To learn more about each of the teachers in the Art Department, please click here


    New Fall Activity: Lifetime Sports

    Why pick one sport or activity when you can have it all?! This fall, students will have the opportunity to select “Lifetime Sports” as their season activity. Katie McLaughlin (Math Teacher, Assistant Director of Student Life, Girls Hockey Coach, and Softball Coach) will introduce students to a number of sports and activities, including golf, tennis, disc golf, fitness, and more. In addition to learning the basic rules and “playing 101” for each sport, students will participate in fun, intramural competitions across campus. 

     
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • July 1: Academic Schedules, Summer Reading, Summer Assignments

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

    Dear Families and Students, 
     
    Greetings from Kents Hill School! For those new to our community, my name is Dr. Benjamin Priest. I’m Kents Hill’s Dean of Academics (and, more importantly, an enthusiastic English teacher!). The 2020-21 school year will be my sixth on the Hill, and I’m already looking forward to another year of challenging academic work, fierce athletic competition, and meaningful community-building. Above all, I’m psyched to welcome our students back to campus for the experiences and relationships that make Kents Hill so special.
     
    As we move into further the summer months, I wanted to give you a heads up regarding a few “Back to School” items: academic schedules, summer reading, and other summer homework.

    1. We are currently hard at work crafting academic schedules for all new and returning students and have set July 31 as our target date. On that day, all students will be able to log in to the Kents Hill portal (on www.kentshill.org) and access their schedules. Directions on how to access the schedules will be provided in greater detail as we approach the release date. 

    To create these schedules, we are looking at several sources, including each student’s academic transcripts, Kents Hill’s graduation requirements, and our Curriculum Guide for 2020-21. As always, we are doing our best to ensure that each student begins the next school year with a schedule that is both challenging and engaging.

    2. Directions for summer reading are now available by clicking here. A PDF version is available by clicking here. In addition to our annual all-school read, we have listed required and recommended reading assignments for students at all grade and ability levels. All students are required to read 2-3 books over the summer.

    3. Several Kents Hill teachers assign a minimal amount of additional summer homework, which must be completed before students return to school in September. We are in the process of collecting and organizing those summer assignments and will make them available via our Back to School Guide on or before July 31.

    The academic team will be in touch as we approach July 31 to provide you with additional updates. In the meantime, enjoy the summer and stay safe!
     
    Best wishes,
     
    Dr. Benjamin Priest
    Dean of Academics
    bpriest@kentshill.org

    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • June 29: Weekly Parent Newsletter

    Monday, June 29, 2020
     
    Dear Families,
     
    Time seems to be flying by as we approach the end of June! We’re happy to provide you with important Back to School information including summer reading and new parent/student surveys. As a reminder, we will make and communicate decisions regarding the opening of school during the week of July 6. This communication will include any adjustments to the school calendar to maximize our in-person days and any changes to the overall student experience (academics, athletics, afternoon activities, dorm life, etc.) to ensure that our community remains both healthy and connected.

    Summer Reading
     
    In addition to the all-school read, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba, all Kents Hill students should read 2-3 books by the end of the summer. Some students will also be encouraged or required to complete specific reading assignments for their 2020-21 English classes. To view course-specific requirements and recommendations, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ben Priest, Dean of Academics, at bpriest@kentshill.org

    New Parent and Student Surveys

    We couldn’t be more excited to have a truly wonderful group of students and parents joining the Kents Hill community! Our Back to School Guide is a great resource as you plan for the year ahead, as it provides information regarding academics, athletics, residential life, and more. To help us create the best possible experience for your child, we ask you to complete this survey at your convenience

    Your answers will guide us in matching your child with a faculty advisor and advisee group. Your child should have received a similar survey in their email that also inquires about their selection for fall athletics/extracurricular activities. 

    If you have any questions or if your child did not receive the survey, or if you have any specific questions about the year ahead, please feel free to reach out to Erica Lowell Chute, Dean of Student and Residential Life, at echute@kentshill.org.

    Department Highlight
     
    As part of our ongoing mission to deliver student experiences that reflect the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century, next year’s expanded 4D academic curriculum will feature considerable work in Project-Based Learning, or PBL. PBL is a set of teaching strategies that harness student curiosity, connect students to experts in different fields, and encourage real-world problem-solving. We’re excited to introduce you to the Academic Coaching Department, just one of our many departments that will be implementing PBL. To learn more about each of the teachers in this department, click here.
     
     
    Fall Athletics Highlight
     
    The Cross Country team is looking forward to building on a fun and successful past season. The team participates in a strong schedule with large races such as the Manchester (NH) Invitational and the Maine Festival of Champions, as well as MAISAD conference races throughout the season. The girl’s squad took home the conference championship last year for the 6th straight season, with rising Junior Alanna Bachelder securing the individual championship and rising Sophomore Rose Jenkins placing second overall. The boy’s team was challenged by injuries but rising Junior Eric Zhang had a strong showing for the Huskies, placing 16th overall in the conference. 
     
    Kents Hill offers a wonderful place to train with excellent facilities, a beautifully maintained trail system, and lots of varying road terrain. Coach RJ Jenkins, in his 10th year of coaching Cross Country, and 5th as Head Coach, enjoys the challenges of helping to push experienced runners to new levels while working with new runners as they start to unlock their potential. Last season he was joined by assistant coach Mackenzie Sage, who brings her experience as a 4-year NCAA Division III runner and captain at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and as former Assistant Cross Country Coach at Simmons University in Boston, MA. The coaching staff is excited to work with a new pack of Huskies and foster a sense of camaraderie and love of running! 
     
     
    Every Gift to the Kents Hill Fund Counts! 
     
    It’s the combined philanthropic support from our community of parents that fuels Kents Hill and allows for even greater opportunities for today’s students. Your gift to the Kents Hill Fund, combined with those from so many others, makes an important difference in the daily life of our students and the entire campus community, including direct impact on academic programs, character development opportunities, athletics and extracurricular activities, and financial aid and scholarships.
     
    As a member of the Kents Hill community, your gift is deeply appreciated. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to support the Kents Hill, and you wish to do so, please visitwww.kentshill.org/give before midnight tomorrow, June 30, to make a gift online. Any checks dated June 30 and received before July 10 will also apply to this year’s fundraising efforts. Thank you for your consideration, support, and partnership. We are #strongertogether.

    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • June 27: Faculty Advisor, Residential Life, New Student Survey

    Saturday, June 27, 2020

    Dear Huskies, 
     
    Welcome to the Kents Hill School family! My name is Erica Chute, and I am the Dean of Student and Residential Life. Perhaps my favorite part of this role is the opportunity to positively impact your life at Kents Hill by building programs to ensure that each of you feels supported and at home. 
     
    Later this summer, you will be matched with a faculty advisor and placed in an advisory group. Your advisor will be your “go-to” person on campus, an adult who can answer all of your questions about activities, dorm life, academics, athletics, and more. Your advisory group will include 4-6 students and be like a family on the Hill. You will have meetings each week, special outings and activities, and ultimately a group of people who will get to know you better and vice versa. 
     
    To help us match you with the best possible faculty advisor and advisory group, please complete this survey. The survey will also ask you to select an afternoon athletics/activity option for the fall season. While some elements of sports and activities may change due to COVID-19, such as travel to compete against other teams and schools, we are confident that we will be able to provide you with a great experience. You will have the opportunity to switch between teams or activities during the first two weeks of the season in order to find the best possible fit, so your selection is not “set in stone.”
     
    Our residential life program is also focused on providing a safe, supportive, and fun environment. We have five dorms, and every dorm generates its own culture, social events, traditions, outings, and overall spirit. If you are a boarding student, you will hear soon about your dorm placement. This year we are providing all boarding students with single rooms to help with social distancing and keep our community safe as we navigate COVID-19. 
     
    Again, we are so excited that you are joining our school family. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. Enjoy your summer, and I look forward to seeing you on the Hill this fall!
     
    All the best,
     
    Ms. Chute 

    Erica Lowell Chute
    Dean of Student and Residential Life
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • June 26: Faculty Advisor, Residential Life, New Parent Survey

    Friday, June 26, 2020

    Dear Kents Hill Parents and Guardians, 
     
    Welcome to the Kents Hill School family! My name is Erica Lowell Chute, and I am entering my sixth year working on the Hill. I have three children, one of whom graduated last year from Kents Hill, one entering his senior year, and one in 9th grade. I am honored to be starting my second year in the role of Dean of Student and Residential Life after spending several years teaching and overseeing student learning. Perhaps my favorite part of this role is the opportunity to positively impact students’ lives at Kents Hill by building programs to ensure that each experiences growth, feels supported, has fun, and feels at home. 
     
    The last few months have been challenging given all that has been going on in our world. I am looking forward to the year ahead “on the Hill” as a time for us to come together, work together, and be together. This will be the first of several communications from me over the summer that will provide you and your family with important information about preparing for life at Kents Hill. Specifically, this letter will give you a little information on two important aspects of our program: faculty advisors and residential life.
     
    Our advisor program is about creating connections that last a lifetime. Later this summer, your child will be matched with a faculty advisor who provides structure, guidance, and support throughout their Kents Hill experience. Whether a student is seeking advice on academics, athletics, social issues, or simply needs to know that someone is rooting for them, advisors are there. 
     
    Advisee groups are small, usually comprised of 4-6 students, and meet regularly during weekly advisee and school meetings, monthly community dinners, and occasional off-campus outings. Our advisors send regular updates to families, ensuring that you are involved, informed, and engaged no matter where you are in the world. Likewise, you are encouraged to reach out to your child’s advisor if you have any feedback, concerns, or insights regarding their progress and experience. 
     
    The residential life program at Kents Hill is similarly dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing, supportive, and fun environment for all students. We have five residential dorms, and every dorm generates its own culture, flurry of social events, improvised traditions, random outings, and overall spirit. All are intended to feel like a home away from home with two or more dorm parents living in each dorm to provide a family-like feeling. From helping with homework and giving advice to hosting movie or game nights in the common rooms, dorm parents build strong and formative relationships with their students. In addition, our residential team has spent many hours learning about the best ways to keep our community safe as we navigate COVID-19. For example, this year we will provide single rooms for all of our boarding students to follow best practices for social distancing. I look forward to providing you with more information regarding our COVID-19 policies and procedures soon. 
     
    Again, we are so excited that you are joining our school family. We are a close community dedicated to helping students build confidence, leadership and life skills, independence, strong relationships, and memorable experiences. I appreciate any information you can provide to help us create the best possible experience for your child, and ask you to complete this survey at your convenience. Your child will receive a similar survey later today.
     
    Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have while filling out the survey or as you navigate the onboarding experience at Kents Hill over the next couple of months. Enjoy your summer, and I look forward to seeing you on the Hill!
     
    All the best,
     
    Erica

    Erica Lowell Chute
    Dean of Student and Residential Life
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • June 22: Weekly Parent Newsletter

    Monday, June 22, 2020
     
    Dear Families, 
     
    Happy Monday! We hope that you had a wonderful weekend full of summertime sun - we certainly did here on the Hill. As the start of the 2020-21 Academic Year grows nearer, we are happy to share information to help you and your student prepare for your arrival to Kents Hill. In this newsletter, we have included information regarding the all-school read, Project-Based Learning, and learning accommodations. For information on all of this and more, see below.
     
    2020-21 All School Read: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
     
    The all-school read for this summer is "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" by William Kamkwamba. According to Dr. Benjamin Priest, Dean of Academics, "This selection brings together two of the Kents Hill Core Values that we don't often combine: perseverance and altruism. William's story is a testament to how much people can accomplish when they don't give up, and, just as importantly, when they sacrifice their immediate self-interests for the good of their communities. I'm psyched to discuss the book with our students in September!"
     
    Additional details regarding expectations for summer reading will be available soon. Happy reading!
     
    Introducing Project-Based Learning
     
    As part of Kents Hill’s ongoing mission to deliver experiences that reflect the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century, next year’s expanded 4D academic program will feature considerable work in Project-Based Learning, or PBL. PBL is a set of teaching strategies that harness student curiosity, connect students to experts in different fields, and encourage real-world problem solving. Kents Hill students will experience PBL in multiple departments and courses throughout this upcoming year. We’re excited to introduce you to each department that will be implementing PBL. This week, meet the English Department! To learn more about each of the teachers in this department, click here.
     
     
    Learning Accommodations Information
     
    Kents Hill honors all accommodations that students receive in their IEP's, 504, and educational testing. If your student currently receives accommodations and you would like to continue that support, or if you have an incoming student who would like to establish support, please reach out to Mary Keeley, Director of the Learning Center, at makeeley@kentshill.org. She will be happy to discuss how those accommodations will be met and what documentation is needed for students to have access to support. This applies to all students, regardless of whether or not they will be utilizing the Academic Coaching Program. 
     
    Faculty Highlight: RJ Jenkins
     
    Meet Visual Arts Teacher, coach, and Kents Hill faculty member of over 20 years, Mr. RJ Jenkins. We asked RJ: What is the piece of work that you are proudest of?
     
    “I have been working on illustrating a children's book, A Visit to the Bahamas from A to Z, with a former colleague of mine for the past 3 years. Her roots are in The Bahamas and when she asked me to illustrate an A-Z book about this amazing country, I was unsure if I was up to the challenge. I knew nothing of the country and culture and previously I had worked primarily as a painter and drawer creating realistic renderings of landscapes and people. When I accepted the invitation, I sought to learn a new medium: painting digitally. The book is 78 pages long and I knew that I would need to work digitally in order to be able to make corrections and edits efficiently. After some trial and error, I was able to develop a style that worked well for the book. Already working a full-time job meant that I had to find time to work in my spare hours. Much of my work has been done in the summer months and over breaks. I am proud of the work because I challenged myself to learn a new medium, work in an unfamiliar style, and because of the breadth of the subject matter. I was also able to learn so much about a place that I had very little knowledge of prior to this project. I couldn't be more excited to share it with others!”
     
    You can see a preview of RJ’s work in Veronica McFall’s A Visit to the Bahamas from A to Z, here.
     
     
    Tell Your Friends: Virtual Open Houses!
     
    Do you have friends interested in joining the Kents Hill community? Encourage them to sign up for one of our upcoming Virtual Open Houses to learn about our programs, community, and what makes Kents Hill School a great place to live, learn, and play. Families can register at www.kentshill.org or by contacting the Admissions Office at info@kentshill.org
     
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • June 16: Health Forms and Policies

    Tuesday, June 16, 2020

    Dear Families,
     
    On behalf of all of us at the Health Center, we hope that you are enjoying your summer and finding time to recharge after a busy end to the academic year. We can’t wait to welcome you back to campus and want to provide you with information regarding health and wellness so that you feel prepared. As always, we are here to answer any questions or help you troubleshoot any part of the process. 
     
    In order to best serve you and your child during their time at Kents Hill, we require health forms to be submitted via Magnus - our Student Medical Records (SMR) Provider - by Saturday, August 1. I want to assure you that the Health Center is committed to doing all we can to assist you in the completion of these forms. We understand and appreciate the difficulties entailed in maneuvering the healthcare system and life in general during these unprecedented times.
     
    Beginning on Tuesday, July 7, you will start receiving automated weekly email notifications from Magnus regarding the required annual health documents. However, you are welcome to begin completing and uploading your student’s forms for the 2020-21 academic year immediately. Please note that all health forms must be submitted in English.
     
    New Portable Health Record (PHR) Application For Parents
     
    You can now access your student’s medical records and upload health forms from any smart device. To learn more about the app, please click here. To access the app: 

    Log in to the Kents Hill School website at www.kentshill.org
    Select “Get Mobile App” that appears at the top of the screen
    Follow instructions to create login credentials
    Download the free Magnus V2 App from the Apple Store or Google Play Store
    Log in using your newly created username and password 
    An instructional video is available by clicking here.

    To access your student’s medical records on your desktop:

    Log in to the Kents Hill School website at www.kentshill.org
    Click on the “Health Portal” icon on the Resource Board 
    Magnus will provide an optional short video tutorial

    If you have any issues accessing the app or desktop experience please contact Magnus customer support at 877-461-6831 or service@magnushealthportal.com
     
    New Requirement This Year: Annual Physical Examination
     
    Due to the unknown nature of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, we ask all students to have a report of an annual physical examination on file in the Health Center. The physical examination expiration date is 13 months from the date of the last exam in order to accommodate health insurance reimbursement. You will receive weekly email alerts beginning eight weeks prior to the expiration date of the physical exam on file. While we prefer that your student’s healthcare provider complete the Annual Physical Exam Form found on Magnus, it is not required.
     
    Immunization Requirements
     
    Kents Hill School is in compliance with and supports the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation that childhood immunizations continue to be prioritized during the COVID-19 pandemic.
     
    Immunization assessments are conducted annually in accordance with the Maine school immunization laws, which require students K-12 to show proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, varicella, and meningococcal meningitis for grades 7 and 12. It also requires that all Maine schools submit a summary report on the immunization status of their students to the Maine Centers for Disease Control. 
     
    Please note that “Public Law, Ch. 154 (introduced as LD798): An Act to Protect Maine Children and Students from Preventable Disease by Repealing Certain Exemptions from the Laws Governing Immunization Requirements” was signed by Maine Governor Janet Mills on May 24, 2019. This new law, which takes effect September 1, 2021, will remove the allowance of both religious and philosophical exemptions, and require that all students provide a complete immunization record or a signed medical exemption to attend a public or private school in Maine. For more information regarding Public Law, Ch. 154, please visit the Maine Immunization Program website by clicking here. If you have questions about this law or Kents Hill’s adherence to it, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly. 
     
    Please refer to the Immunization Form on the Magnus portal for a detailed list of all required immunizations. Your health care provider may use the form found on the Magnus portal, or their own office generated form. 
     
    Please know I am available throughout the summer to assist you, answer questions, and provide guidance. Please feel free to contact me by email at csamborski@kentshill.org. More information about health services at Kents Hill, including our response to COVID-19, will be coming soon. 
     
    Warmest regards for a healthy, happy, and safe summer!
     
    Cathleen Samborski RN BSN NCSN
    Director of Health Services

    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • June 15: Weekly Parent Newsletter

    Monday, June 15, 2020
     
    Dear Families,
     
    It’s finally starting to feel like summer here on the Hill! With the weather getting warmer, sunsets happening later, and campus looking beautifully calm, we hope that you and your families are safe, healthy, and able to enjoy the season within the world of COVID-19. We are hoping to see some local students and families around as we re-open campus in accordance with guidelines from the State of Maine. While our buildings and turf field remain closed and social distancing still applies, we hope that you’ll stop by and say hello. 
     
    This is also the first newsletter that our new families will receive! We are so grateful that you have decided to join the Kents Hill community and look forward to watching your student set off on a journey with new friends, classmates, teachers, coaches, and dorm parents who really care about who they are. This newsletter, distributed every Monday, is one of the ways that you can keep up-to-date with school news, happenings, and events. You will also receive individuals emails regarding the year ahead and have access to our Back to School Guide, which is a great resource for information about academic schedules, dorm life, summer reading, and more. 
     
    We also encourage you to follow Kents Hill on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube to get a glimpse of what life is like on campus. Welcome! 
     
     
    Day Student Book Buyback 
     
    On Tuesday, June 16, we will be holding a book buyback opportunity for day students in the Alfond Athletics Center parking lot from 2-4 p.m. If you are interested, please fill out this form and insert it in the front cover of one of your books prior to coming to campus. If you have any questions, please contact Tina Duplessis at tduplessis@kentshill.org
     
    #FacultyFriday Highlight: Brian Smith
     
    Throughout the summer we will be highlighting a member of the Kents Hill Faculty each week on social media to help you get to know the people who make Kents Hill a special place. Featured in our inaugural post was Social Studies teacher - and newly appointed Co-Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging - Mr. Brian “Smitty” Smith!
     
    We asked Smitty: Who is someone from the past 100 years everyone should know about?

    “Someone from the last 100 years that everyone should know about is Tupac Shakur. While labeled improperly as a 'thug' and 'gangster' due to his persona shown in the media, he was an incredibly intelligent, caring, and creative individual who possessed an impressive mind when it came to the rift between white and black America and how the inequalities of wealth, social status, and racial differences shaped the 80s and 90s in urban America. He has an incredibly aggressive message in his music, but if you take the time to listen to his lyrics (or read his actual poetry) his eloquence and reproach to societal issues are truly inspiring and provocative.” 
     
     
    Update from Gretchen Bergill, Director of College Counseling
     
    For the Class of 2021
     
    To help students and families along with their college process, we’ve compiled resources, articles, podcasts, websites, and virtual college visit opportunities into one document for you to use as needed, here: Summer Opportunities & Helpful Resources. With the stress of this spring, some of you may want to jump right in while others may just not have the time or energy to tackle this right now. Regardless of when you begin, we have broken down all of the tasks that members of the Class of 2021 should try to complete over the course of this summer, here: College To-Do List: Summer 2020. Whatever path you choose for the summer, please know that I am here to help while you are away and when you get back to Kents Hill. Please contact me at gbergill@kentshill.org with any questions. 
     
    For the Class of 2022
     
    While college counseling for the Class of 2022 officially kicks off next winter with individual college counseling meetings starting in Januar,  we know that this summer is a time that many students will begin thinking about their college process. With this in mind, I would like to provide you with a timeline and student/parent/counselor partnership document to help you learn more about our program and begin to consider the road ahead. Please be in touch if you have questions by emailing me at gbergill@kentshill.org
     
    Planning for the 2020-21 Academic Year 
     
    During the week of July 6, we will share more information regarding steps that Kents Hill will take to maximize the safety of our community, which will include decisions for the opening of school in September, any necessary adjustments to the school calendar, and any changes to our athletic and afternoon activities programs and interscholastic schedule due to COVID-19. 
     
    To read the most recent communication from Head of School Christopher Cheney regarding our decision-making and planning process, please click here. If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Chris directly at ccheney@kentshill.org or 1-207-897-8004 (mobile). 
     
    Tell Your Friends: Virtual Open Houses!
     
    Do you have friends interested in joining the Kents Hill community? Encourage them to sign up for one of our upcoming Virtual Open Houses to learn about our programs, community, and what makes Kents Hill School a great place to live, learn, and play. Families can register at www.kentshill.org or by contacting the Admissions Office at info@kentshill.org

    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • June 15: Welcome to the Kents Hill Community! 

    Monday, June 15, 2020

    Dear Families and Students, 
     
    On behalf of the entire Kents Hill School community, I would like to welcome you and share our excitement at having you join our school for the upcoming year. We have so many things to look forward to … an enhanced curriculum focused on skills and solving real-world problems, new student leadership opportunities, and an increased focus on outdoors and celebrating all that Maine has to offer are just a few. Most importantly, however, we are looking forward to welcoming you to campus and watching you set off on a new journey complete with new friends, classmates, teachers, coaches, and dorm parents who really care about who you are and helping you to succeed. 
     
    When this COVID-19 journey began in March, we had no idea what the script would be, or where it would take us. As we look ahead to the 2020-21 school year, we want to be transparent in sharing that we are navigating as many unknown factors as known regarding the opening of school. The administration and faculty are working to identify scenarios for next year and we are feeling confident that we will be able to start and finish our year on campus together in person. Our small size, combined with our large physical plant, allows us to have more flexibility than many other schools. For example, each of our boarding students will have a single room next year and we are looking at all of our classroom spaces to ensure that we can follow CDC guidelines for social distancing. We are very fortunate that our Director of Health Services, Cathleen Samborski, is working closely with a group of school nurses who are helping to develop guidelines for Maine schools re-opening. We are also lucky that Maine continues to have low COVID-19 numbers and that there is no community transmission in Kennebec County at this time, which is where we are located. All of these things make us move towards the upcoming school year with confidence and optimism. 
     
    During the week of July 6, we will make and communicate decisions regarding the opening of school, which will include any adjustments to the school calendar to maximize our in-person days and any changes to the overall student experience (academics, athletics, afternoon activities, dorm life, etc.) to ensure that our community remains as healthy as possible. 
      
    In the meantime, we have created a Back to School Guide that outlines what we do know about the year ahead and includes information about academic schedules and textbooks, back to school forms, residential life, summer reading, advisory, athletics, and more. This page will be updated regularly as we approach the school year, so please check back often. You will also start receiving individual emails regarding important Back to School information as well as our weekly parent newsletter each Monday, which is a mix of helpful news, events, and updates for our parent community.
     
    If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Erica Chute, Dean of Student and Residential Life, can address any questions regarding residential and student life. She can be reached at echute@kentshill.org. Dr. Benjamin Priest, Dean of Academics, would be happy to share information about our academic program and course offerings. He can be reached at bpriest@kentshill.org
     
    I couldn’t be happier or more honored that you selected to join our school and look forward to sharing more information about the year ahead soon. 
     
    Best,
     
    Chris 
     
    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School 
    1-207-897-8004 (mobile)
     
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥


Community Agreement

As members of the Kents Hill School community, we have a shared responsibility to do everything that we can to protect ourselves, protect others, and protect our community as we navigate this truly unprecedented time. Keeping our school and local community healthy requires that we make adjustments to what we have done in the past, think beyond ourselves, show concern for those more vulnerable, and change our behavior to protect others. At Kents Hill, we are stronger together. 

As we return to living and learning together, all students, faculty, and staff are committed to adhering to the below expectations. 

Protect Myself 
  • Complete daily health screenings and contact the Health Center immediately if I have any signs or symptoms associated with COVID-19, even if I feel well enough to attend school. 
  • Attend orientation sessions and training to learn expectations for learning and living on campus. 
  • Frequently wash my hands often with soap and water and use hand sanitizer when entering any school building or classroom.
  • Carefully read all instructional signs and follow directions for keeping personal and shared spaces clean and organized. 
  • Remember that while things will look and feel different at the start of the 2020-21 school year, all guidelines and policies have been put in place to keep our community as healthy and safe as possible, and that these policies will be reviewed regularly and updated as necessary. 

Protect Others
  • Wear a face covering/mask and maintain appropriate social distancing protocols indoors and in any other setting where it is difficult to maintain social distancing. 
  • Participate in Kents Hill’s quarantine and isolation guidelines if I test positive for COVID-19 or have been identified as having exposure to a COVID-19 positive community member.
  • Be flexible, creative, and compassionate. 

Protect Our Community 
  • Participate in testing and contact tracing to preserve the wellness of the community.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel and follow the visitors policy when having guests on-campus, including family members. 
  • Limit social interactions outside of the Kents Hill community, including hosting or attending large gatherings and events.
  • Refrain from participating in outside clubs, teams, or group activities unless approved by the Director of Athletics.
  • Observe and uphold all of Kents Hill School’s COVID-19 policies and guidelines. 








Kents Hill Contact Information

Christopher S. Cheney
Head of School

For Questions Related to the Student Experience
Meadow Davis
Associate Head of School

For Questions Related to Travel and the Opening of School
Diane Chick
Dean of Students

Addie Michaud
Assistant to the Dean of Students

For Questions Related to Academics
Dr. Ben Priest
Dean of Academics
 
For Questions Related to Health Services and COVID-19 Testing, Isolation, and Quarantine
Cathleen Samborski
Director of Health Services 

For Questions Related to Visas and I-20s
Linda Albert
Admissions Office Manager

For Questions Related to Orientation, Residential Life, and Student Activities
Erica Chute
Dean of Residential Life

For Questions Related to Finance and Contracts
Andy May
CFO; Business Office

For Questions Related to Technology
Marc Bartholomew
Director of  Technology


1614 Main Street, Kents Hill, Maine 04349       |       207-685-4914       |       info@kentshill.org